CHICAGO (CBS) — Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez was among several people honored by her own prosecutors Wednesday for their efforts to put arsonists behind bars, for her controversial decision to prosecute the so-called “NATO 3” on terrorism charges for a plot to use Molotov cocktails ahead of the NATO Summit two years ago.
Each year, Alvarez’s office presents Arson Awards to prosecutors, police officers, firefighters, and civilians who played key roles in arson prosecutions.READ MORE: First Illinois Case Of Omicron COVID-19 Variant Confirmed In Chicago Resident
Alvarez hosted the Wednesday’s ceremony at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse, and said many arson cases would go unsolved if not for the work of those who were honored at Wednesday’s ceremony.
“Endangering human life, it is unacceptable,” she said.
Among others, prosecutors recognized the police officers who infiltrated a group of Occupy Chicago protesters during the NATO Summit in 2012. Two undercover officers witnessed four people constructing Molotov cocktails
“The defendants constructed four Molotov cocktails in the presence of undercover officers Nadia Chikko and Mehmet Uygun,” Assistant State’s Atty. Matthew Thrun said.