Kim Foxx Defends Dropping Smollett Charges, Says Race May Have Evoked Criticism Against Her
Matt M. Miller | Contributor
Cook County States Attorney Kim Foxx defended her offices decision to drop felony charges against disgraced “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett during her Saturday speech at the Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr.s Rainbow Push Coalition.
She implied in her address that the criticism directed toward her decision to drop Smolletts charges may be an issue of race.
Kim Foxx suggests racism behind criticism of her dropping all charges against @JussieSmollett:
“Ive been asking myself for the last two weeks what is this really about. … As the first African American woman in this role, its disheartening to me” the goalposts have shifted. pic.twitter.com/Z5dLAVdUW7
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) April 7, 2019
“I have been asking myself for the last two weeks what is this really about,” she stated in her speech. “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.”
Prosecutors dropped 16 felony charges against Smollett on March 26 despite the findings of a Chicago police investigation that revealed the actor staged a hate crime hoax against himself. (RELATED: Smollett Case Was Inadvertently Sealed, State Attorney Says)
In her address, Foxx restated her invitation for an independent review of her handling of the Smollett case.
“What I have said continuously when I recused myself from this case was that I was not involved. Now, despite not being involved in this case, and understanding the questions that people have about it, I am again availing myself to an independent review of how we handled this case because it is owed to the public because it is the question that is asked.”
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