Musician John Legend endorsed Kim Foxx in the race for Cook County State's Attorney on Sunday.
Legend wrote about his endorsement of Foxx on his official Facebook page:
The national debate over police shootings has led policymakers and the public to begin thinking critically about the role of prosecutors in the criminal justice system. Prosecutors are critical actors in the criminal justice system holding immense power and discretion at every stage - charging decisions, bail, and sentencing that impacts defendants, victims and the larger community. It is imperative that we support and vote for prosecutors that enhance integrity and fairness throughout our criminal justice system.
As cases from Michael Brown to Laquan McDonald put front and center the people our justice system fails everyday, we must support candidates who recognize that our system is in desperate need of transformation that puts healthy, safe communities as the core value and addresses the vast systemic racial and ethnic disparities. That's why today I'm officially endorsing Kim Foxx for Cook County State's Attorney in the March 15, 2016 Democratic primary. Kim Foxx has the experience needed to restore trust in the Cook County's State Attorney's Office and the ability to help truly redefine the role of the prosecutor in ending mass incarceration in America.
Foxx, a former Cook County Assistant State's Attorney, is vying to unseat Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez, who has faced calls for her resignation over her handling of the Laquan McDonald police shooting case in Chicago. Donna More, a former state a federal prosecutor, is also running in the Democratic primary for Cook County State's Attorney.
The Illinois primary is Tuesday.