Police chiefs and union leaders in and around Chicago are demanding that state’s attorney Kim Foxx resign.
Foxx is under fire for her decision to drop charges against actor Jussie Smollett over an alleged staged hate crime.
But the police chiefs say the Smollett case is just one example of what they call Foxx’s bad decisions.
“We cannot stand for this any longer. Ms. Foxx needs to resign and she should do it quickly,” said Kevin Graham.
They’ve had enough.
Chicago’s police union and dozens of Cook County suburban police chiefs banded together and announced a no-confidence vote in Foxx.
“She’s putting criminals back on the street either during the process, not charging then at all and allowing them on the street to commit their crimes again,” said Steven Stelter-West Suburban Chiefs of Police Association.
The police chiefs say the safety of citizens and officers are at risk because of Foxx’s decision to allegedly under-prosecute.
They say especially when it comes to felony retail theft cases and battery to police officers.
“Many times the hoops we have to go through to try to get a felony charge and most of the time they are not approved or the charges are dismissed in court without an officer’s opinion,” said Stelter:
While the FOP and the suburban chief claim to be united in their call for Foxx to resign, there was not one African-American police chief present.
South Suburban Harvey Police Chief Gregory Thomas says while he respects his colleagues, he believes it’s premature to call for Foxx to resign.
Thomas says previous state’s attorneys have undercharged cases as well.
“Under the previous administrations I’ve had cases fall under the category of deferred prosecution, I had no control over them,” Chief Gregory Thomas.
A spokesperson for Foxx called the no-confidence vote an excuse to justify their resistance to the state’s attorney.