New Cook County prosecutor promises to reshape office

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CHICAGO (AP) — The new Cook County prosecutor says she plans to reshape the office as Chicago deals with police-involved shootings and increasing numbers of homicides.

Kim Foxx was sworn in last week as the newly elected top prosecutor in Cook County and will be in charge of one of the largest state’s attorney’s offices in the country. The 44-year-old is the first African-American woman to hold the post.

Foxx told the Chicago Tribune on Monday that she wants to create a unit to target firearms trafficking and also wants to revamp the team that reviews potentially wrong convictions.

Foxx defeated former state’s attorney Anita Alvarez in the primary and won the general election last month. During her campaign she vowed to make the office more transparent.