At a press conference in Chicago on Thursday afternoon, more than 30 police chiefs from the suburbs of Chicago stood side-by-side, united in their calls for Cook County prosecutor Kim Foxx to resign following her decision to drop all 16 felony charges against actor Jussie Smollett.
“We are here today, and very grateful to the police officials who are here, with one united voice, to demand the resignation of Cook County State’s Attorney Kimberly Foxx,” said Kevin Graham, president of the Fraternal Order of Police.
“We have taken a vote, both in the police chiefs associations and with the FOP — a vote of ‘no confidence’ in Kimberly Foxx.”
“This is not just about the Jussie Smollett case, which undermined the public confidence in law enforcement and faith in the Cook County criminal justice system,” he said, going on to say that the FOP has requested a federal investigation into Foxx’s conduct, and that this investigation is underway.
He said the vote of ‘no confidence’ in Foxx was also because of the many cases in the Cook County system where the charges were reduced or inexplicably dropped.
“The people standing around me can give you countless examples of how Ms. Foxx’s lack of prosecution has cost our members and police officers throughout this country an enormous amount of problems,” he said.
In a letter sent to Foxx, Duane Mellema, head of the North Suburban Association of Chiefs of Police, complained of Foxx’s refusal to file felony charges in certain crimes and said the Smollett case “is the straw that broke the camel’s back.”
“What she’s doing is she’s enabling the offenders. The bad guys are not being held accountable,” said Steve Stelter, the police chief in the town of Westchester, Illinois.
Stelter added that Foxx’s refusal to prosecute serious crimes has become a safety issue for members of law enforcement in Chicago and the surrounding area.
“Empire” actor Jussie Smollett was indicted by a grand jury on 16 felony counts including filing a false police report saying that he had been attacked around 2 a.m. on a downtown Chicago street by two white men in MAGA hats who threw bleach on him and put a noose around his neck.
On March 26, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office announced that it was dropping all of the charges.
The Chicago Police Department spent days investigating before concluding that Smollett’s account was a lie and that the two men seen on a surveillance video — Nigerian brothers — had been paid by Smollett to help stage an attack. The department has announced that it will sue Smollett for $130,000 to recover the cost of their investigation.
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