Four years after her son’s murder, Sharita Galloway is still fighting for Chicago Police to solve his case. She said the person CPD identified as her son’s killer didn’t commit the crime, but detectives won’t listen to her. Victim advocates say it’s a problem for more than just Elijah Sims’ mother that police don’t communicate with family members, and that gives the impression they aren’t interested in solving cases.
After her teenage son was shot to death in Austin, Sharita Galloway embarked on a complicated claim submission process that took two years to resolve. She and others hope other families have an easier, less traumatic time getting help from the attorney general’s office, which operates the fund.
Rev. Ira Acree wants Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx to replace her office’s existing victim witness assistance program. The Austin minister says the culture of fear can be broken if people who report perpetrators have the support and resources they need to keep themselves and their families safe.
The Cook County Human Trafficking Task Force, in partnership with the Peace Corner Youth Center, conducted a special training session earlier this week to help West Siders identify victims of this growing crime.