Chicago police demand resignation of Smollett prosecutor Kim Foxx
Chicago-area police associations give Foxx a vote of no confidence; Trace Gallagher reports.
Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx defended her office's decision to dismiss charges against Jussie Smollett, claiming the "Empire" star didn't receive special treatment.
"I have been asking myself for the last two weeks what is this really about," Foxx said at the Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr.'s Rainbow Push Coalition on Saturday. "As someone who has lived in this city [Chicago], who came up in the projects of this city to serve as the first African American woman in this role, it is disheartening to me ... that when we get in these positions somehow the goalposts change."
She also said she'd run for re-election when her current term is complete.
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Foxx reportedly mentioned in her speech that she welcomes an independent investigation into her handling of the case, saying that nearly 6,000 other "low-level defendants" received the same treatment with deferred prosecution, adding that under the law, Smollett could've been fined a maximum of $10,000 — which he effectively paid when he forfeited his bond for the same amount.
Foxx recused herself from Smollett's case after communicating with one of his relatives during the police investigation into whether or not the musician and actor staged an alleged hate crime against himself. Her office later said she never actually formally recused herself from the case.
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Smollett's attorney said that his case was not one of deferred prosecution when she announced that the charges against him had been dropped.
In January, Smollett told police that two masked men attacked him, put a rope around his neck and poured bleach on him as he was walking home from a Subway restaurant. The actor, who is black and openly gay, said the masked men beat him, made racist and homophobic comments and yelled, "This is MAGA country" before fleeing the scene.
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However, the Chicago Police Department alleged that Smollett paid the two men, Abel and Ola Osundairo, by check for a "phony attack" in order to take "advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career." The brothers were allegedly caught on surveillance footage purchasing the rope used in the staged "attack" on Smollett.
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The "Sum of my Music" singer was later arrested for allegedly filing a false police report and released on a $10,000 bond. Smollett pleaded not guilty to 16 counts of disorderly conduct stemming from the alleged hoax. All charges against Smollett were dropped in late March in a move that legal experts claimed was "almost unheard of."
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