Chicago to sue Jussie Smollett for costs of investigation

Mayor Emanuel Whitewash of justice in Smollett case

"The people standing around me can give you countless examples of how Ms. Foxx's lack of prosecution has caused our members and police officers throughout this country an enormous amount of problems", he said, "not to mention that people in Cook County are depending on the prosecutor to put people in jail, to charge them accordingly". The black and openly gay actor claimed the two mask-clad men who attacked him hurled racist and homophobic insults, doused him with a chemical, and slipped a rope around his neck, which Smollett still had on when later interviewed by police.

Particularly, the police cite three Foxx policies: Not prosecuting theft felonies under $1,000 in value, or most drivers with invalid licenses or most small marijuana cases.

And notably, not a single African American police chief stood among the many from suburban towns urging Foxx to go. Groups representing police chiefs in the north, west, and south suburbs all approved votes of "no confidence" in Foxx ahead of Thursday's announcement.

Protesters organized by the Fraternal Order of Police call for the removal of Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx on April 1, 2019, in Chicago, Illinois. He said residents needed to know Foxx "is letting them down". Previously, they declined to comment on the letter and referred CNN to a statement that said outgoing Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson should apologize to Smollett. Several police chiefs were set to attend a joint news conference with Chicago police union leaders later Thursday.

Smollett was later charged with staging the attack.

Foxx's office told WLS the criticism was "an excuse to justify" wider resistance to "prioritizing resources to increase public safety and reduce harm". The March 28 letter said he must pay within seven days but didn't specify a response if he didn't.

Thursday is seven days since Mayor Rahm Emanuel's law chief sent the "Empire" actor a letter demanding the payment.

There will be no criminal trial on that question after Cook County prosecutors last week dropped all 16 felony counts against Smollett, saying they still believed they could prove the charges but that it wasn't worth the time and expense.

Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot, who will be sworn in as Chicago's mayor on May 20, could reverse any legal action Emanuel's law office takes against Smollett in coming weeks.

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