Gun charges dropped against ex-Ald. Sharon Dixon
BY RUMMANA HUSSAIN Criminal Courts Reporter May 27, 2014 12:15PM
Gun charges against former 24th Ward Ald. Sharon Dixon were dropped on Tuesday. | Sun-Times File Photo
Updated: June 29, 2014 6:22AM
Cook County prosecutors dropped gun charges against former Ald. Sharon Dixon (24th) Tuesday but she has agreed to seek treatment in a 90-day inpatient program.
In clearing Dixon, assistant state’s attorneys cited a recent Illinois Supreme Court ruling that says an aggravated unlawful use of a weapon charge violates the 2nd Amendment right to bear arms, sources said.
State’s Attorney spokeswoman Tandra Simonton would only say that the charges were dropped due to the “changes in the law” after Dixon appeared before Judge Angela M. Petrone.
Dixon’s attorney could not be reached for comment.
Last year, Dixon was remanded to the Illinois Department of Human Services for a mental health evaluation after Judge Diane Gordon Cannon ruled that Dixon was unfit to stand trial on charges alleging she approached Chicago Police officers outside the 10th district with a loaded gun in the spring of 2013.
Dixon, 51, was charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and possessing a firearm without a license for the May 4, 2013 incident.
Several hours before the officers say they saw her with a weapon, Dixon had been walking in and out of the police station in the 3300 block of West Ogden, prosecutors said. At one point, Dixon allegedly approached the officers, pointed to a car and asked, “Is this D’s car?”
Officers then noticed her holstered gun and her hands on the weapon, prosecutors said.
Police said Dixon then said, “I’ve got a gun,” and gestured toward her hip, exposing the handle of the gun in her waistband as she waved the holster in the air.
Dixon was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital for a psychological evaluation after her arrest.
In 2009, Dixon was arrested and charged with DUI after being pulled over in Rogers Park.