Chicago’s police union is demanding the resignation of Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx after her office’s decision to drop all charges against alleged hate-crime hoaxer Jussie Smollett.
The Chicago Fraternal Order of Police and a group of suburban police chiefs on Thursday announced a “no confidence” vote against Foxx due to her office’s handling of Smollett and other felony cases, according to ABC 7 Chicago.
“We cannot stand for this any longer Kim Foxx needs to resign and she should do it quickly,” said FOP President Kevin Graham at a press conference, according to the outlet.
Windy City cops were reportedly left furious last week when Foxx’s office abruptly abandoned its 16-count felony indictment against Smollett, the “Empire” star who is accused of staging a racist and homophobic attack against himself.
Foxx defended the decision by claiming unspecified “aspects of the evidence and testimony … would have made securing a conviction against Smollett uncertain” and saying she’d rather save prosecutors’ resources for “the most serious crimes.”
But the officers said the Smollett case was just the latest example of Foxx under-prosecuting their cases.
“She’s putting criminals back on the street either during the process, not charging then at all or allowing them on the street to commit again,” said Steven Stelter of the West Suburban Chiefs of Police Association, according to ABC 7.
In a statement responding to the cops’ calls for her resignation, Foxx defended her record.
“I was elected by the people of Cook County to pursue community safety, prevent harm, and uphold the values of fairness and equal justice,” she said in the statement to NBC News.
“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.”