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Cook County SA Kim Foxx dropped charges even though CPD said they had “overwhelming evidence” and a “rock solid case” against Smollett

Yesterday, Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx dropped all sixteen charges against Jussie Smollett, a disgruntled actor who staged a hate crime against himself in an attempt to boost his own career. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson did not mince words in their criticism of Foxx’s announcement. Mayor Emanuel said that Foxx’s office “better get their stories straight” and that “this is actually making a fool of all of us.”

Yet today, Foxx is standing by her office’s decision and is now trying to justify her actions after the fact. The Chicago Tribune reported that Michelle Obama’s former Chief of Staff reached out to Foxx on behalf of Smollett to move the investigation out of the hands of the Chicago Police Department. Foxx texted with a Smollett family member and said she is “trying” to help them with the case.

The Chicago Police Department said they were “prepared for trial” with “overwhelming evidence” and had a “rock solid case” against Smollett, but Foxx’s office dropped the charges without even consulting with CPD. CPD expended an incredible amount of resources and manpower on the Smollett investigation. The Smollett case file is reported to be 8 inches thick.


Illinois Republican Party Chairman Tim Schneider released the following statement in response:

“This is a textbook case of Chicago-style justice – if you have money and connections to top Democrats, you won’t face any consequences for breaking the law.

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx says her actions were standard practice and aimed towards ‘just outcomes,’ yet she blindsided the Chicago Police Department with her hastily made announcement and is now engaged in damage control. Despite ‘overwhelming’ evidence, Smollett has damaged the City’s and County’s reputation and gets off scot-free thanks to Foxx.

“By dropping the charges, Kim Foxx has squandered the hard work CPD has done on this case and has made a mockery of the criminal justice system in Cook County. She owes the people of Chicago and Cook County an apology.


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