*Kim Foxx, the embattled Cook County prosecutor has spoken out once again regarding her office’s decision to not charge actor Jussie Smollett in a case brought against him by the Chicago Police Dept.
Foxx made her remarks on Saturday at a press conference at a Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow Push Coalition event in Chicago, where she reiterated that that the actor did not receive special treatment.
But she made news as well when she questioned whether her race played a role in the criticism she’s received about the handling of the case.
“I have been asking myself for the last two weeks what is this really about,” she said. “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.”
She went on to add that she has no problem with an independent investigation into the decision to dismiss the charges and pointed out that her office had done the same thing to 6,000 low-level defendants through “deferred prosecutions.”
If you missed it, on Friday, Chicago’s police union demanded Foxx’s resignation by holding a “no confidence” vote against her because of the handling of the Smollett case.
Smollett was originally hit with 16 counts of disorderly conduct for allegedly orchestrating a hate-crime hoax on a Chicago street in late January.
As has been reported, Foxx recused herself from the Smollett case after it was revealed she was communicating with one of the actor’s relatives during the probe.
On a side note, Foxx wasn’t the only person at the event to go in on CPD. One of her supporters went as far as to call out the FOP as the “blue klux klan.” That suppoter was failed mayoral candidate, Ja’Mal Greene.