Cook County District Attorney Kim Foxx says her decision to drop charges against Empire actor Jussie Smollett was legal, ethical, and insinuated the push from outside groups to step down is because of her race.
According to Page Six, Foxx made the statements during an event hosted by Rev. Jesse Jackson over the weekend.
Foxx was the first African American woman elected as District Attorney in Cook County. She believes some of the groups are using the case as a prop to push out her out. She is quoted as saying, “I have been asking myself for the last two weeks what is this really about. As someone who has lived in this city, 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.”
Chicago’s police union released a letter demanding Foxx step down after a no-confidence vote.
Smollett was accused of planning and staging a hate attack against himself. The investigation showed he paid two brothers to dress up, throw bleach on him, and put a noose around his neck. Smollett also claimed they yelled, “this is MAGA country” in an ode to President Trump’s campaign slogan to “Make America Great Again.”
Foxx said she had recused herself, but records show the public declaration was false. She was still leading the prosecution team and made the decision to drop the charges after Smollett’s team made a deal with her.
Smollett ultimately forfeited his $10,000 bond and did not have to acknowledge he lied and made up the story.
Foxx cited Smollett’s work in the community and that even if he had been found guilty, he would have only faced fines and community service as reasons not to pursue the charges.
Outgoing Mayor Rahm Emanuel has filed a suit against Smollett in order for the actor to pay $130,000 to cover the cost of police overtime to look into his false case.
Both Mayor Emanuel and the Chicago Police superintendent have been critical of Foxx and her decision.
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