Earlier this year, Jussie Smollett came forward with allegations that he was the victim of a hate crime. However, as the Chicago Police Department kept investigating, they soon found out that the actor did not seem to have told the entire truth. Before long, the scandal turned on its head, and Jussie Smollett was indicted with lying during a police report.
However, after Chicago PD dropped charges against the shamed actor, there has been renewed interest in Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx because she was involved in handling the case Smollett described when everyone thought it was a hate crime.
In the days after the attack, Foxx exchanged text messages with members of Smollett’s family while she was trying to find out what orchestrated the attack on the former “Empire” actor and what could have happened. She also tried to elevate the case from the care of the Chicago PD to the FBI.
The reason that Foxx was working to help the Smollett family get the case to the FBI was that that’s what they wanted. They also pulled strings behind the scenes to get former Michelle Obama aide, Tina Tchen, to influence Foxx in her decision to move the case to the FBI.
Now the Chicago police are furious. They’re attacking Foxx and calling what she did “highly, highly suspicious.” The reason they find what she did suspicious was that she was trying to intervene on behalf of the perceived victim and help escalate the case to a federal level.
Because the Smollett case was dropped, the police union wanted Foxx to go under scrutiny. They wanted to know whose loyalty she had when she tried to get the case elevated to the FBI instead of the officers of the Chicago Police Department.
The vice president of the Fraternity of Police Martin Preib released a statement to the Chicago Sun-Times saying: “The conduct of her office from the very beginning of this case was highly, highly suspicious. The entire country is outraged by it. The evidence is overwhelming that he was legitimately charged in this case. This decision appears to be utterly arbitrary, capricious and suspicious. The entire country is getting a window into the absurdity of the Chicago political and legal system.”
Although Preib holds his own prejudices and “dark suspicions,” he said that “it’s not appropriate to give voice to them just yet.”
Chicago PD demand justice after Smollett filed a false police report and lied to the public about what happened. They also want to know why the charges against him were dropped, which are still shrouded in mystery although they are thought to have something to do with his long-standing “volunteer service in the community.”
When Foxx stepped aside from the case, Joe Magats took over. He told the New York Times that they prioritize “violent crime” over Smollett’s wrongdoing, which does not pose a threat to anyone. Magats also made it clear that although the charges were dropped against Smollett, it does not mean that he did not commit a crime.
Smollett’s family established contact with Foxx through Michelle Obama’s former aide days after the attack because they were “concerned” that the Chicago Police were handling things, not to their liking.
“I wanted to give you a call on behalf of Jussie Smollett and family who I know. They have concerns about the investigation,” Tchen wrote to Foxx in a text.
Hours later, one of the Smollett family members texted Foxx. She then tried to have the case handed over to FBI over the next two weeks, while the public still thought it was a hate crime.
After working with the superintendent, Foxx hoped she was going to get the case over to the FBI and emailed Tchen as such.