After multiple issues with Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, the Chicago police union has gathered together and formed a unified voice to demand her resignation.
This Thursday, during a press conference, the Fraternal Order of Police and 30 Chicago police departments stated the issues they are currently dealing with. While Foxx’s office deciding to drop all charges against Jussie Smollett was a factor, the Fraternal Order of Police President Kevin Graham said that this is a dangerous pattern that should be terminated.
“This isn’t just about Jussie Smollett,” said Graham. “This is about many cases in the Cook County system that have gone un-prosecuted or having charges reduced.”
Jack Touhy spoke for the south suburban police association and claimed that the gathering of police was unusual and showed how serious their intentions are about their calls for resignation.
“This is pretty unheard of, that the chiefs associations are getting together this tightly from across Cook County to address this issue,” said Touhy. “We do talk on occasion. We do have things that we do through the Illinois chiefs. But on a Cook County level, this is unheard of.”
Shepard Smith read from the letter sent to the state’s attorney, announcing that they had issued a vote of “no confidence” against her.
“The abrupt dropping of the 16 indictments against the ‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett during an unannounced court hearing on March 26 is the latest and most egregious example of the failure by you and your staff to hold offenders accountable,” said Smith.
In a statement released Thursday, however, Kim Foxx stated that she’s proud of her record and will not step down.
“I was elected by the people of Cook County to pursue community safety, prevent harm, and uphold the values of fairness and equal justice,” Foxx said in the statement. “I’m proud of my record in doing that, and I plan to do so through the end of my term and, if the people so will it, into the future.”
The charges surrounding Jussie Smollett are currently being investigated by the FBI, and he’s also facing a lawsuit for failing to pay the city for the costs of the investigation.