Posted Sep 26, 2007 05:32 pm CDT
Authorities announced new charges yesterday in several cold-case murders in a suburban Chicago municipality. But the charges were overshadowed by the fact that they were brought only after police from other jurisdictions raided the city earlier this year and seized evidence concerning unsolved violent crimes.
A task force from the state’s attorney’s office, Cook County sheriff’s police and the Illinois state police raided Harvey on Jan. 24, discovering about 200 unprocessed rape kits, among other evidence, according to the Chicago Tribune. The task force seized records and evidence and is now reportedly looking at cases for the past decade.
“I won’t comment on whether there’s a criminal investigation into the Police Department, but what I will say is that the inactivity out there has raised enough concerns with other law enforcement, including our office and the sheriff’s and the state police, that we’re not going away,” said First Assistant State’s Attorney Bob Milan.