A coalition of police officials in Chicago is demanding the resignation of Cook County State’s Attorney Kimberly Foxx after prosecutors dropped 16 felony counts against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett, NBC News reports.
“The city’s Fraternal Order of Police and the suburban police chiefs associations announced a ‘no confidence’ vote against Foxx during a joint press conference Thursday afternoon,” the story reports.
Kevin Graham, president of the Fraternal Order of Police, is quoted saying during the press conference: “We are grateful for the top police officials here with one united voice to demand the resignation of Cook County State’s Attorney Kimberly Foxx.”
NBC News adds: “Graham said the vote was about more than the Smollett case, but noted that the high-profile incident undermined the public’s confidence in Chicago’s criminal justice system.”
Foxx released a statement saying: “I was elected by the people of Cook County to pursue community safety, prevent harm, and uphold the values of fairness and equal justice. 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.”