Chicago Prosecutor Kim Foxx Suggests Racism Behind Criticism for Dropping Charges Against Smollett
Kim Foxx, the top prosecutor for Cook County, suggested racism has been behind the large amount of criticism she and her office has received after they dropped all sixteen charges against actor Jussie Smollett.
Her office maintained they still believe Smollett staged the hate crime against himself, but he is not a priority compared to other violent crimes.
“I cannot run an office, I cannot run an office that is driven by anger and public sentiment,” Foxx said during a press conference. “I must run an office that looks at the facts, the evidence, and the law on every case. That is my responsibility when I look back at how we have wrongful convictions in the circumstances around them and some that we’re hiding of media attention and others that were not, I cannot put ourselves in the position of being driven by public. We must be driven by the facts the evidence and the law always.”
“I’ve been asking myself for the last two weeks what is this really about and as someone who has lived in this city, who came up from the projects of this city to serve as the first African-American woman in this role, it is disheartening to me and to the women and men for whom I represent that there is not a place I go that I don’t represent for Cabrini,” she continued. “That when we get in these positions to somehow goals post change. Somehow when you do the best and if you put our office on national standards there are people watching what we’re doing in Cook County around criminal justice reform and yet and yet, so I will tell you that this is personal.”
During the press conference, Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL) and activist Ja’Mal Green attacked the Fraternal Order of Police. Rush said the FOP “is a sworn enemy of black people.” Green said Chicago police looked like “Blue Klux Klan” when they held their press conference.
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