A legal expert has slammed a George Soros-backed prosecutor for filing murder charges against a mother and her son after she was accused of ‘ordering’ the teen to kill a man in a Chicago restaurant.
Chicago lawyer Irv Miller claims that the murder charges should never have been fired because of Illinois self-defense laws, telling CBS that there were ‘multiple mistakes’ in the handling of the case.
Carlishia Hood, 35, was accused of getting her son, 14, to shoot dead Jeremy Brown, a stranger, on June 18, after the pair became embroiled in an argument.
Brown, 32, was caught on camera beating Hood after shouting at her to ‘get her food’, with surveillance footage then showing Hood’s teenage son shooting him in the back.
Cooks County DA initially charged the mother with murder and contributing to the delinquency of a minor – but has since dropped the charges after the video of Brown repeatedly punching Hood came to light.
Miller cited a local law permitting the use of deadly force against violent criminals putting victims in mortal danger. That force can either be used by the victim themselves – or someone such as a family member trying to save them.
Carlishia Hood, 35, (right) was initially accused of murder along with her son (left) when footage emerged of him running into a Chicago restaurant and shooting a man dead
Miller said: ‘I don’t know where the mistake is. I think there are multiple mistakes.
‘You saw this woman getting hit multiple times. Illinois law allows you to defend yourself if you’re being attacked.
‘But it also mandates that if you see somebody else being attacked, you have the right to use deadly force in a situation like this to defend that other person and that video is exactly what the statute is referring to.
‘I think the State’s Attorney owed a little bit more to the family and to the public as to what happened in this case; why it went this far. It should not have gotten this far.’
Hood was released from the Cook County Jail on Monday after being locked up for nearly five days, and her son was also freed from the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center.
She went to the Maxwell Street Express fast-food takeout restaurant in the West Pullman district just before 11pm, with her son staying in the car.
Footage released by police initially just showed the boy running into the restaurant and opening fire, shooting Brown in the back.
Hood, a tax preparer, was a valid FOID card and concealed carry license holder at the time of the incident.
The new video shows her going into the restaurant and ordering her food, before Brown starts to shout at her – yelling ‘get your food!’.
Chicago lawyer Irv Miller claims that the murder charges should never have been fired, telling CBS that there were ‘multiple mistakes’ in the handling of the case
But prosecutors have since dropped the charges after footage emerged of Jeremy Brown, 32, attacking Hood
Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx announced Monday her decision to drop charges against Hood and her son
While she continued to yell back at him, he shouted: ‘Oh my God, if you say one more thing, I’m going to knock you out.’
He then took a big swing and punched her repeatedly, with other customers in the store looking on in horror and running away.
The footage did not emerge until after Hood, who legally owned the gun, handed herself in with her son on June 21.
Hood is seen in her mugshot after her arrest on a murder charge.
Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx decided to drop criminal charges against the mother and son based on the new footage.
Court documents state that Brown ‘punched (Hood) in the head three times’ – but did not bring up self-defence. It is unclear exactly what was in the new footage to make the DA change her stance on the charges.
Foxx said in a statement: ‘Based upon our continued review and in light of emerging evidence, today the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office (CCSAO) has moved to dismiss the charges against Carlishia Hood and her 14-year-old son.
‘Based upon the facts, evidence, and the law, we are unable to meet our burden of proof in the prosecution of these cases.’
CBS have reported that the family of Hood are expected to file a lawsuit over the arrests on Tuesday.
Chicago police released surveillance footage of the incident in early June, which showed Hood and her son arriving at the store.
In the Chicago police video, Hood could be seen arriving with her teen at the market
Hood, 35, (left) went inside the Maxwell Street Express fast-food takeout restaurant in the West Pullman district on June 18 while her 14-year-old son (right) initially waited outside
Hood’s 14-year-old son is seen in the Chicago police video entering the restaurant, hands in pockets, then drawing a gun
Chicago police released surveillance footage of the incident in early June, which showed Hood and her son arriving at the store
Hood can be seen making her order, before the footage cuts to her son in the doorway pulling a gun from his pocket.
The Chicago police video did not show Brown, with the final part of the footage showing the teenager outside with the gun.
She can then be seen returning to her car with her son, with police asking for help to track down the two suspects – who later handed themselves in.
Initial reports by the Chicago Defender reported that Hood had ordered her son to shoot Brown, as well as to aim for his girlfriend, but this has since been disputed.
The decision to drop the charge is the latest in controversial decisions by DA Foxx. Many have accused her of being soft on crime, as Chicago has seen a spike in crime and high-profile incidents.
In 2020, liberal funder George Soros donated $2million to a PAC that backed Foxx in her re-election campaign. She won the race and has since offered deferred prosecutions and softball deals to criminals.
In 2021, there were more murders in Chicago than in any other year since 1994.
Last month, Foxx announced she would not seek re-election in 2024 after serving eight years as the county’s top prosecutor.