‘Whitewash Of Justice’: Rahm Emanuel, Police Rip Jussie Smollett After Charges Dropped

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Written by Ann Brown
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Protester Mike Moster of Chicago, holds a sign while protesting Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s office’s decision to drop all charges against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett Monday, April 1, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

To say the Jussie Smollett situation is messy would be a major understatement. After being indicted by a grand jury of 16 counts of disorderly conduct in February, by March 26 all charges against the “Empire’ actor were dropped. Now many are taking a hard look at Chicago’s Cook County prosecutors and their reason for the dismissal of the case.

All along the 36-year-old Smollett has denied he lied to police and staged a homophobic attack on Jan. 29, 2019. He had pled not guilty to the charges of faking a hate crime on himself.

Most were stunned by the decision State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s office to drop all 16 counts of disorderly conduct against Smollett. And there are calls for her not only to explain herself but to resign.


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“Meanwhile, Foxx, who had informally “recused” herself from the case due to a conflict, has faced mounting pressure to explain in more detail why the prosecution of Smollett was so quickly abandoned. In an op-ed in the Tribune, she backed off her office’s initial stance that the case was strong, writing that they were uncertain of a conviction, but she offered no specifics,” the Chicago Tribune reported.

The Chicago Fraternal Order of Police protested outside Foxx’s office and called on her to resign. A suburban police chief association issued a “no confidence” letter aimed at Foxx. And Chicago Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot said Foxx owed Chicago a more “fulsome” explanation. Former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel called the dismissal a “whitewash of justice.”

So far Foxx has only said: “For a variety of reasons, including public statements made about the evidence in this case, my office believed the likelihood of securing a conviction was not certain.”


About Ann Brown

Ann Brown has been a freelance writer for more than two decades. Her work has appeared in CocoaFab, Black Enterprise, Essence, MadameNoire.com, New York Trend, Upscale, Moguldom, AFKInsider, The Network Journal, Playboy, Africa Strictly Business, For Harriet, Pathfinders, Black Meetings & Tourism, Frequent Flier, Girl, Honey, Source Sports, The Source, Black Radio Exclusive, and Launch. She studied journalism at New York University and has her B.A. Born in New York, Ann lived in Praia, Cabo Verde, for nearly a decade. She created “An American In Cabo Verde,” a Facebook community.