Chicago Police Wants FBI To Investigate Jussie Smollett’s Case

Written by on March 20, 2019

Fourth Estate Staff

Chicago, IL, United States (4E) – The Chicago police union wants the FBI to investigate Jussie Smollett’s case after alleging that Cook County State’s prosecutor interfered with the proceedings.

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx recused herself from Smollett’s case and Kevin Graham, president of the Fraternal Order of Police, wants a federal investigation to be conducted to determine whether Foxx broke any laws.

“That recusal is wholly insufficient. In order for Ms. Foxx to properly charge and try this case, her entire office should have recused itself and a special prosecutor been appointed,” Graham said, as quoted by ABC 7 Chicago.

Legal expert said that Foxx still has to answer some questions with respect to the case. Moreover, experts are of the opinion that there are ethical concerns about how Foxx handled Smollett’s case.

Smollett is facing 16 felony counts for allegedly filing a false police reports when he claimed to be the victim of a racial attack in Chicago, AP reports. Police initially consider the incident as a possible hate crime, but later change their theory on the belief that Smollett may have staged the attack because he was unhappy with his salary on ‘Empire’.

Although it was unclear why the grand jury specifically indicted Smollett on 16 counts, but it was based on inconsistencies the actor made in his story that raised doubt as to his account. One particular detail that led to the indictment was the fact that when Smollett first talked to the officer that responded to the emergency call, Smollett said he saw through the eye holes of the face mask that one of the attackers was a white man. The brothers that were arrested as persons of interest in the case are both black.

Evidence obtained by the police previously showed that Smollett was connected to the two brothers, leading to speculation that he hired the two men to stage the attack.

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