On Tuesday, in the wake of the stunning news that the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office was dropping the charges against Empire actor Jussie Smollett, the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police said they were renewing their call for a federal investigation into State’s Attorney Kim Foxx and her office’s ‘interference’ in the case.
From Chicago Sun Times:
“The conduct of her office from the very beginning of this cases was highly, highly suspicious,” Martin Preib, the FOP’s second-vice-president, told the Chicago Sun-Times.
“The entire country is outraged by it. The evidence is overwhelming that he was legitimately charged in this case. This decision [to drop the charges] appears to be utterly arbitrary, capricious and suspicious.”
The FOP initially demanded a federal investigation to determine whether Foxx acted inappropriately when she tried to persuade Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson to transfer the investigation of Smollett’s claim of being the target of a hate crime to the FBI.
Foxx’s initial request that Johnson transfer the case to the FBI came after an influential supporter of the “Empire” actor reached out to Foxx personally: Tina Tchen, a Chicago attorney and former chief of staff for former First Lady Michelle Obama, according to emails and text messages provided by Foxx to the Sun-Times in response to a public records request.
“The entire country is getting a window into the absurdity of the Chicago political and legal system,” Preib said.
Preib said Foxx was throwing the police department under the bus by the decision of her office.
From PJ Media:
“Once again, she’s throwing the Chicago Police Department completely under the bus, which she’s been doing for the last two years in office,” Martin Preib, second vice president at the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), told PJ Media on Tuesday. He argued that Foxx had never truly recused herself from the case, since her “underlings” remained involved.
“What’s the difference between her recusing herself and her underlings having the case? What really has been recused here? Nothing,” Prieb declared.
Preib compared the action to the Obama Administration:
“The weaponization of the criminal justice system that we saw under the Obama administration through to this Mueller investigation, this attack on Trump, Foxx falls right in line with that — undermining the criminal justice system and turning it into a political advocacy outpost for the left,” Prieb said.
Preib said this was only one of many cases under Foxx that were dismissed that they found objectionable.
He said the local media had not looked into much of what they have said in the past about her and that he hoped that they would do that now, given the national attention.
The FBI continues to investigate the Smollett case because of the threatening letter allegedly sent to Smollett through the mail. So he still may face charges from that.