Cook County, IL – Kimberly Foxx, the Cook County States Attorney in Illinois, sent out a disturbing memo to her staff the Monday after Chicago experienced a weekend full of civil unrest in the wake of George Floyds death.
On June 1st Foxx instructed her staff that;
“In the wake of the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor we have seen righteous anger, collective grief, action and calls for justice. The ongoing demonstrations have added to the already unprecedented circumstances in our world and in our work.”
She goes on to tell her prosecutors, “It is the position of this office that we will not be prosecuting peaceful protestors”
You read that correctly. State’s Attorney Foxx is telling anyone that protests in Cook County Illinois that “this one’s on us”. If you are arrested and charged with Disorderly Conduct, Public Demonstration, Unlawful Gathering and 10 other misdemeanor offenses then you are going to walk.
If you are arrested and charged with Resisting/Obstructing Arrest, Aggravated Battery, Assault, Assault on a Police Officer and there is no body worn camera footage or the equivalent of the offense, the states attorney will not prosecute you.
Chicago Officials already have a problem getting control of the violence in their city. Maybe this is the solution to the problem…just tell the perps, “we know you’re angry and are having a rough go of it. You have our sincerest apologies.” Then send them on their way.
What State’s Attorney Foxx has done is handed the control over to the mob. People that were setting fires, damaging property and hurting people. This is pandering for political gain, not in the interest of justice.
You can view the entire memo below.
If you were a police officer on the front lines during these Cook County protests and read that memo you may be feeling discouraged and maybe even betrayed. You effected arrests that are going to be dismissed and then there’s the lawsuit.
Wait, lawsuit? Yes I said lawsuit.
The Hyde Park Herald reports that the Chicago Police Department is the target of a lawsuit;
“A lawsuit alleges that the Chicago Police Department denied people arrested during the unrest sparked by the killing of George Floyd, including protesters arrested during the May 31 demonstration in Hyde Park, access to timely contact with attorneys and phone calls.
The University of Chicago Mandel Legal Clinic is backing the suit brought by the Cook County Public Defender and a group of activist organizations, including GoodKids MadCity and Southside Together Organizing for Power, key members of the Obama Presidential Center Community Benefits Agreement Coalition.”
The Herald goes on to state,
“In the complaint, public defender Amy Campanelli said a survey of 1,468 people in bond court between April 16 and June 5 showed that 23% had never been offered phone access at any point while they were detained in a CPD police station and that 55% waited more than an hour before being offered one.
The average wait time for those offered a call was 4.2 hours. Furthermore, the complaint alleges that the CPD does not inform attorneys where their clients are being held in custody and does not allow them access to the stations where the arrestees are located. “
It is probably no coincidence that the timeframe mentioned in the suit is right in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic and coupled with weeks of protesting and civil unrest. So a reasonable person would factor these things in to why the arrest procedures could take longer than normal.
George Soros Spent $408k on Prosecutor in Jussie Smollett Case
New details tonight in the bombshell case of Jussie Smollett. Records now show that left-wing billionaire and mega donor George Soros was a huge funder of Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx.
It’s Foxx’s office who prosecuted – and suddenly dropped – all pending charges against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett and Chicago police are outraged.
A press conference was held at 1:30pm Tuesday, where statements from Mayor Rahm Emanuel, members of law enforcement, as well as the President of the Fraternal Order of Police condemned the states attorney’s actions.
.@ChicagosMayor on Jussie Smollett:
"This is a person who has been let off scot-free. You have a person using hate crime laws to advance your career. Is there no decency in this man?" pic.twitter.com/MLXAYxcrE0
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) March 26, 2019
Assistant State’s Attorney Joe Magats claimed the decision to drop the charges was done so because Smollett was not a ‘violent threat.’ Early on, Magats’ boss Kim Foxx had been exchanging text messages with members of Smollett’s family, and tried to take the case away from Chicago PD and put it in the hands of the FBI. Foxx had recused herself from the trial because of the relationship with Smollett family friend, Tina Tchen, who is also Michelle Obama’s former chief of staff.
‘We did not exonerate him,” said Magats. “We work to prioritize violent crime and the drivers of violent crime.”
“Public safety is our number one priority. I don’t see Jussie Smollett as a threat to public safety,” he said.
Smollett and his attorneys requested that the evidence from the case be sealed. The judge granted that motion.
Anti-Trump donor Soros has spent heavily to back “progressive” candidates for local prosecutorial offices across the country. The heavy funding started pouring in from him after the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement in 2014, that claimed black defendants haven’t received fair treatment in our judicial system.
In 2016, Foxx ran against incumbent Anita Alvarez. She faced intense public controversy over the 2014 killing of a black teenager by Chicago cop Jason Van Dyke.
Foxx, for her part, ran on a platform of criminal justice reform.
The irony of this is that she told a local ABC affiliate that her focus was on “restoring faith in our criminal justice system” and “bridging the divide between the community and law enforcement.”
In 2016, chicagoist.com reported that Foxx received big donations from Soros:
But Kim Foxx has also found two other sources of cash, in the form of twin $300,000 donations to a Super PAC supporting her called Illinois Safety & Justice. The sole donors to the PAC are neoliberal superdonor and conservative-boogeyman George Soros and a “dark-money” group called Civic Participation Action Fund. A Super PAC is a fundraising group, created by the 2010 Supreme Court Citizens United decision, that can raise as much money as they want for any candidate or cause—as long as they don’t coordinate on any level with political campaigns, which have much smaller campaign limits.
A look at state campaign finance records are proof that Soros personally spent $333,000 on Foxx’s super PAC before the completion of the March 15, 2016 primary and then an additional $75,000 after she won. She crushed Alvarez in the primary and then easily won the seat in the fall.
On the Smollet case, statements from law enforcement personnel made it clear that this was no exoneration, simply a failure of proper justice.
“It’s a punch in the gut. Is absolutely a punch in the gut,” said CPD Commander Edward Wodnicki said. “We worked closely throughout our 3 week investigation to get to point where we arrested the offender. For states attorney at this point to dismiss charges without discussing this with us at all is just shocking.”
Wodnicki called the case against Smollett “rock solid.”
The President of the Chicago FOP said, “this should have gone to trial.”
“I do not think that justice was served today,” he finished. He said that both active and retired members of the law enforcement community were ‘doubling down’ on their call for an investigation by the Justice Department as to how this could have happened.
Mayor Emanuel chastised the way the entire process was held, calling it a “whitewash of justice.”
— TMZ (@TMZ) March 26, 2019
“At the end of the day, it’s Mr. Smollett that committed this false claim upon two individuals and who also testified, but also on the city,” said Emanuel. “There needs to be a level of accountability throughout the system, and this sends an ambiguous message that there is no accountability and that is wrong,” he said.
“He used the laws of the hate crime association that all of us through the years have put on the books to stand up to be the values that embody what we believe in. This is a whitewash of justice.”
Smollett had previously been involved with what seemed to be an elaborate hate crime hoax staged against himself by allegedly hiring two Nigerian brothers to “attack” him on the streets of Chicago.
The dropping of the charges comes as a shock to the nation after the extreme amount of press coverage on the issue, with social media ablaze with flip-flopping accounts of what actually went down.
“We believe this outcome is a just disposition and appropriate resolution to this case,” a prosecutor said in announcing the dismissal of all 16 counts.
Smollett is black and openly gay, blaming his attackers for singling him because of those factors. During the alleged attack, Smollett was jumped by two men who beat him, poured liquid bleach over his head, and reportedly wrapped a noose around his neck around 2am just a few months ago. When police arrived at his apartment following the attack, Smollett still had the noose around his neck.
“This is MAGA country!” Smollett claimed his attackers yelled while they were beating him.
Smollett also allegedly had sent a threatening hate mail letter to himself prior to the attack, but it didn’t draw much media.
The two brothers who were taken into police custody following the attack told authorities that Smollett had paid them $3,500 for helping with the hoax, promising an additional $500 following the act.
A statement released by Smollett’s lawyer said the following.
“Today, all criminal charges against Jussie Smollett were dropped and his record has been wiped clean of the filing of this tragic complaint against him,” the statement said. “Jussie was attacked by two people he was unable to identify on January 29th. He was a victim who was vilified and made to appear as a perpetrator as a result of false and inappropriate remarks made to the public causing an inappropriate rush to judgment.”
“Jussie and many others were hurt by these unfair and unwarranted actions,” the statement continued. “This entire situation is a reminder that there should never be an attempt to prove a case in the court of public opinion. That is wrong. It is a reminder that a victim, in this case Jussie, deserves dignity and respect. Dismissal of charges against the victim in this case was the only just result.”
During the entirety of the investigation, Smollett denied any involvement in the attack, consistently maintaining that he played no part in creating a hoax.
“Jussie is relieved to have this situation behind him and is very much looking forward to getting back to focusing on his family, friends and career,” said Smollett’s lawyer.
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