CBS Chicago reportedly obtained hundreds of emails and text messages about the investigation through a Freedom of Information Act request. Foxx wrote to her staff, “Sooo……I’m recused, but when people accuse us of overcharging cases…16 counts on a class 4 becomes exhibit A.”
She was also disturbed that R. Kelly got less charges than Smollett, “Pedophile with 4 victims 10 counts. Washed up celeb who lied to cops, 16. On a case eligible for deferred prosecution I think it’s indicative of something we should be looking at generally. Just because we can charge something doesn’t mean we should.”
In another text exchanged Foxx says she told Superintendent Eddie Johnson about the charges being dropped, “Eddie just called. (He) needed to know how to answer questions from press.”
The text also read, “He seemed satisfied with the explanation.”
This contradicts the dramatic press conference Johnson and Mayor Rahm Emanuel, which appeared they were shocked by the charges being dropped, saying it was a “whitewash of justice.”
The Chicago Police Union has protested Foxx and called for the resignation of the first Black woman to serve in this role.
And she is not backing down, according to the Chicago Sun Times.
“I cannot run an office that is driven by anger and public sentiment,” Foxx said while speaking at Rev. Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH Coalition on April 6. “I must run an office that looks at the facts, the evidence and the law on every case. That is my responsibility.”
Foxx then implied she was being attacked because she is a Black woman.
“I think we have to ask ourselves, what is this really about? As someone who has lived in this city — who came up from the projects of this city to serve as the first African-American woman in this role — it is disheartening to me, and to the women and men who I represent… that when we get in these positions, goal posts change,” she said.
Absolutely no lies there.
“I stand with our partners in law enforcement every day,” she added. “I will never speak ill about our partners in this work. And even though there are challenges between any relationship, you have never seen the Cook County state’s attorney stand at any podium, stand in any room, and disrespect or disregard any of those partners.”
Even if Smollett was guilty, which has not been proven, it’s a class 4 felony, the least serious category, which covers things like falsely pulling a fire alarm in school.
On Jan. 29, while walking to a subway, Smollett claimed two men yelled racial and homophobic slurs at him, investigators told The Hollywood Reporter. They allegedly punched and poured bleach on him while one of the suspects put a rope around his neck. As they fled the scene, Smollett told police they said, “This is MAGA country.”
Smollett has maintained his innocence from the beginning.