From The Washington Times:
Top prosecutors in Chicago and Cleveland were tossed out of office by voters this week after their handling of investigations into fatal police shootings of civilians drew the ire of Black Lives Matter activists and stirred national outrage.
With incumbent defeats rare in prosecutors’ races, criminal justice analysts say the results highlight the potential for the activist group to flex its muscles and have its message resonate with voters.
Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez, who received half as many votes as opponent Kim Foxx in Tuesday’s Democratic primary, was criticized over the 13 months she waited to bring first-degree murder (or any other) charges against a Chicago police officer who fatally shot 17-year-old Laquan McDonald in 2014. Activists questioned whether any charges would have been brought had the city not been forced to release video of the shooting.
In Ohio, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty lost to Michael O’Malley, who secured 56 percent of the vote in the Democratic primary.
On Mr. McGinty’s recommendation, a grand jury declined to indict a Cleveland police officer in the death of 14-year-old Tamir Rice, who was shot as he played with a pellet gun outside a recreation center.
The election results are surprising, given that incumbent prosecutors across the country win re-election 89 percent of the time, according to Wake Forest College law professor Ronald Wright.
The results also bring into question the job security of prosecutors who oversee notorious cases.
“If prosecutors decide to run for re-election, they overwhelmingly get re-elected…