The Chicago Police appear to be struggling to handle the Jussie Smollett case, which was no shocker considering its epic history of corruption. Now the department was attacking Kim Foxx, simply because the State’s Attorney for Cook County and first Black woman to serve in that role allegedly called for an FBI investigation.
Three days after Smollett was allegedly attacked on Jan. 29, Foxx asked Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson to give the case to the FBI. She was reportedly concerned about the leaks about the case that were reportedly coming from the police.
Now, according to WGN 9, the Chicago Police Union was “calling for a federal investigation into the Cook County State’s Attorney’s actions in the Jussie Smollett case” to determine if she broke the law. Foxx recused herself from the case as soon it was reported that Smollett was a possible suspect.
In case you missed it, Tina Tchen, former chief of staff to first lady Michelle Obama, sent text messages to Foxx saying the family had “concerns about the investigation,” the Chicago Tribune reported. The messages began Feb. 1. See below:
“Spoke to the Superintendent Johnson,” Foxx emailed Tchen back on Feb. 1. “I convinced him to Reach out to FBI to ask that they take over the investigation.”
The same day, Foxx texted with Smollett’s relative, whose name was blacked out in copies released by her office.
“Spoke to the superintendent earlier, he made the ask,” Foxx wrote. “Trying to figure out logistics. I’ll keep you posted.”
“Omg this would be a huge victory,” the relative replied.
“I make no guarantees, but I’m trying,” Foxx wrote back.
Kiera Ellis, a spokeswoman for the state’s attorney’s office, offered a response on behalf of Foxx.
“When she initially engaged in the communications, Mr. Smollett was still believed to be the victim of the crime,” Ellis said in a statement. “As the investigation started to change and it became a possibility that he could actually be a suspect, that is when she made the decision (to recuse herself).”
Questions about how Chicago police were handling of the case have lingered since Smollett’s first report. Originally, a police spokesperson said there was no footage of the assailants. Then, hours later, there were two “persons of interest” on video. They also claimed the “Empire” actor “refused” to give the cops his phone, but he did give his phone records. Then the FBI reportedly said the Chicago police “overstated” their Smollett case.
Sounds like Foxx made the right decision and now the Chicago Police Union is coming for her.