Due to multiple issues with Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, the Chicago police union has gathered as a unified voice to demand her resignation.
During a press conference on Thursday, the Fraternal Order of Police and 30 Chicago police departments spoke out about the issues they are currently dealing with. While Foxx’s office deciding to drop all charges against actor Jussie Smollett was a factor, the Fraternal Order of Police President Kevin Graham says that this is a dangerous pattern that should be stopped.
“This isn’t just about Jussie Smollett,” said Graham. “This is about many cases in the Cook County system that have gone unprosecuted or having charges reduced.”
Jack Touhy, who spoke for the south suburban police association, claimed that the gathering of police was unusual and showed how serious they are about their calls for resignation.
“This is pretty unheard of, that the chiefs associations are getting together this tightly from across Cook County to address this issue,” said Touhy. “We do talk on occasion. We do have things that we do through the Illinois chiefs. But on a Cook County level, this is unheard of.”
Watch the full comments by Cook County police below:
The Fraternal Order of Police hold a press conference to make an announcement about Cook County State's Attorney Kimberly Foxx.
Posted by Fox News on Thursday, April 4, 2019
Shepard Smith read from the letter that was sent to the state’s attorney, announcing they had issued a vote of “no confidence” against her.
“The abrupt dropping of the 16 indictments against the ‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett during an unannounced court hearing on March 26 is the latest and most egregious example of the failure by you and your staff to hold offenders accountable,” said Smith.
However, in a statement released Thursday, Foxx claimed that she is proud of her record and will not step down.
“I was elected by the people of Cook County to pursue community safety, prevent harm, and uphold the values of fairness and equal justice,” Foxx said in the statement. “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.”