Source: James Barrett
The Jussie Smollett saga is far from over as the “hate hoax” case continues to add new dramatic twists and turns. On Thursday, the City of Chicago announced that it would be filing a civil lawsuit against the embattled actor for allegedly faking a hate crime against himself and wasting enormous city resources in the process. On the same day, the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police along with dozens of suburban police chiefs called for the resignation of the prosecutor whose office stunningly dropped all 16 felony charges against Smollett without so much as an apology.
In a development reported by the Chicago Tribune — the editors of which have strongly criticized Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx and her office for the “indefensible” decision to drop the Smollett charges — the Chicago FOP, joined by “some 30 suburban police leaders,” escalated their criticism of Foxx, openly calling for her resignation in a press conference Thursday.
“People standing around me can give you countless examples of how Ms. Foxx’s lack of prosecution has cost our members and police officers … an enormous amount of problems,” Chicago FOP President Kevin Graham told reporters. “Not to mention the fact that the people in Cook County are depending on prosecutors to put people in jail and charge them accordingly.”
Their problems with Foxx, said Graham, didn’t originate with her handling of Smollett, but it appears to be the decision to suddenly drop all 16 charges in a case that cost the city so much and caused so many problems that was the last straw. “We need to have a prosecutor who is going to charge people when they commit a crime,” Graham stressed. “If there’s no charges and nobody goes to jail, then obviously the law doesn’t mean anything.”
Foxx issued a statement in response signaling that she has no intention of stepping down. “I was elected by the people of Cook County to pursue community safety, prevent harm, and uphold the values of fairness and equal justice. I’m proud of my record in doing that, and I plan to do so through the end of my term and, if the people so will it, into the future,” said Foxx, the Tribune reports.
The call for Foxx’s resignation comes on the same day that the City of Chicago announced its intention to sue Smollett after he refused to reimburse the city for the $130,000 incurred from the investigation surrounding his claim.
“Mr. Smollett has refused to reimburse the City of Chicago for the cost of police overtime spent investigating his false police report on January 29, 2019,” City of Chicago Department of Law Public Affairs Director Bill McCaffrey said in a statement Thursday. “The Law Department is now drafting a civil complaint that will be filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County. Once it is filed, the Law Department will send a courtesy copy of the complaint to Mr. Smollett’s Los Angeles-based legal team.”
In an interview a day earlier, the newly-elected mayor of Chicago, Lori Lightfoot, made clear that one of her first goals upon taking office is to get to the bottom of why Foxx let Smollett off the hook. “We cannot create the perception that if you’re rich or famous or both that you got one set of justice and for everybody else, it’s something much harsher,” she said, adding, “The state’s attorney’s office has to provide more information about the rationale for the decision to drop the charges.”