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News: Dueling Protests in Chicago Break Out Over Jussie Smollett Case

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In the latest installment of the Jussie Smollett saga, two groups staged what Chicago Tribune has described as a “dueling protest” right outside Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s downtown office on Monday—April 1, 2019.

It can be recalled that Chicago prosecutors dropped the charges against Smollett last March 26, Tuesday. Smollett’s lawyers said that it was the prosecutors’ office who proposed a deal to drop the 16-count indictment and not the other way around. 

For her part, Foxx wrote to Chicago Tribune, “There were specific aspects of the evidence and testimony… that would have made securing a conviction against Smollett uncertain,” ABC News reported. Foxx said that these “cases are routinely resolved, particularly… involving suspects with no prior criminal record, long before a case ever nears a courtroom.” She added, “I welcome an outside review of how we handled the Jussie Smollett case” Watch the interview below.

The dropping of charges spurred the outrage of the members of the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), prompting them to call for Foxx’s ouster. On the other side, a group called Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, alongside Rev. Jesse Jackson,was quick to rally behind the embattled prosecutor. The former chanted, “Foxx must go” and “Blue lives matter” while the latter said that “FOP is racist.” Activists explained that the other group’s outrage wasn’t about Foxx’s decision per se but, rather, due to the fact that “a black man is not in prison.” Watch below as the rally unfolds. 

On a related note, Chicago’s Mayor Rahm Emanuel demanded that Jussie Smollett pay the city $130,000 “to help offset the costs of the investigation.”

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  1. Nathan

    Now, it is the “Kettle Calling Itself Black.”

    This a result of ‘Liberals’ demanding justice…as long as every one sees it their way. Now, the opposites are seeing it their way; hence a rally.

    The ‘AGO’ isn’t going to pursue a case unless it can win…regardless of either morality or ethics… .

    There are those who espouse: “Pick Your Battles Carefully, and They Are The Ones You Win.” It isn’t about justice as Justice is arbitrary; it all depends on who is pursuing it and for what reason?

    In the game of things, Smollett is incidental and meaninglessness; therefore, to pursue it and in all likelihood, fail to win it, doesn’t suit either the ‘AGO’ or Smollett, himself.

    This is usually the result of our ‘skewed’ perception of equality where we fail to understand that “We Are Not All Equal, but We Are All Equivalent.”

    • Jeffrey

      After two years, thousands if not millions spend on finding something to charge him with that would make it through the courts there as been no grand jury.
      Yes President Trump isn’t the best but he fits in with the rest of our Government.
      If the hate would stop (on both ends) the country would be better off.

      • Ryan

        His taxes have nothing to do with the protection and security of the country… which is his primary job.

        Keep sipping the Kool-Aid. Sheep.

    • Chuck and Daniel

      Stop the stupidity… Stop the deflection….. This has NOTHING to do with President Trump….. To invoke President Trumps name into this IGNORANT shit is so WRONG and shows just how uneducated people are….

  2. Aegis

    Unfortunate that the prosecutor didn’t believe they had enough evidence to prosecute Mr. Smollett. He needs the book thrown at him.

  3. Craig Kondrick

    Whats the saddest part is nobody feels like being part of a country of honest people , for people that are just moderate folks ,the people that can be different and still care for well being are constantly shattered by both the far right and the far left whos only goals are to see who can do the most harm and have enough power to get away with it, liars keep lying!

  4. Jeffrey

    Smollett is black, as well as the prosecutor, The Obama’s and Jessie Jackson. Sixteen felonies get dropped after it went to a grand jury who decided there was enough evidence to take it to trial. I would say there was some prejudice going on.

    Foxx says it wasn’t a winnable case and Smollett had no criminal record. No one has a record until they commit a crime. It maybe different if it was a misdemeanor but 16 felonies? Any Prosecutor that would allow the city to spend 130,000 and let a criminal walk away with a 10,000 fine isn’t doing taxpayers that pay her salary any good. With that poor judgement maybe it wasn’t winnable.

    For everyone that is rushing to Smollett side remember that it is the black and gay communities that will suffer the most from this b.s.. The next time this happens it maybe real and someone will blow it off. A real hate crime will go unpunished.

    The story is not over yet. I am sure we will see another blog.

  5. Hunter0500

    It now not about Jussies’s guilt or innocence. It’s about the performance of the Prosecutor’s office.

    And next week …

  6. Tyrone

    The story is in the coverup. Also, it shows that jussie is poison; look at all those star struck hospital workers that are without careers or prospects. Violating HIPAA is a no-no, but the fact that Jussie couldn’t care less that his fans are SOL and headed to the poor house doesn’t seem to concern him at all. And don’t forget him trying to throw his own brother to the wolves when he had the DUI. Not a caring or concerned individual, to put it mildly. And now another match into the powder keg that is Chicago politics.

  7. Okzebra2

    They are both right. The jussie defenders correctly point out that the police are out of control when it comes to killing people, particularly black men, so I find it ironic I agree with the police here. The Jussie attackers are correct is saying celebrities get a pass on crimes and that this one stinks of corruption to high heaven. Unfortunately, there are racist issues here ranging from Jessie, where’s my illegitimate baby, playing the blind defense of blacks card to the white “support the cops and law and order” advocates with bigotry overtones. We won’t move beyond race until we address the slavery-Jim crow-reparations honestly and with a view to some kind of reconciliation and abandon this view that only whites are racist because it is mostly the lack of power to discriminate or oppress, not the desire, that checks non-white racism. Why? We’re all human with tendencies to “prefer our own” over “those others” who don’t look or act like me. And, besides, Jussie is a lying creep.

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