Jussie Smollett Refuses to Reimburse the City of Chicago

Tanya Cunningham
April 5, 2019

It's not just that Foxx dropped the charges against Smollett, it's that she failed to notify the police chiefs.

Jussie Smollett will soon be facing a civil lawsuit from the City of Chicago, which is demanding the actor pay for the cost of investigating his allegedly made-up story about a racist attack, CBS Chicago reports.

Asked why there were no African-American police chiefs at the event, Graham said only that all county police chiefs had been invited. Groups representing police chiefs in the north, west, and south suburbs all approved votes of "no confidence" in Foxx ahead of Thursday's announcement. The county includes Chicago and more than 130 other communities.

Last week, after Emanuel said he was going to try to force Smollett to pay the police investigation costs, Smollett's lawyers said city officials were the ones who owed an apology. She said she welcomes a federal review of the Smollett case.

Foxx's office told WLS the criticism was "an excuse to justify" wider resistance to "prioritizing resources to increase public safety and reduce harm". Several police chiefs were set to attend a joint news conference with Chicago police union leaders later Thursday.

Foxx has been under fire after her office worked out a deal to drop felony charges against "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett.


"The abrupt dropping of the 16 indictments against "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett during an unannounced court hearing on March 26, 2019, is the latest and most egregious example of the failure by you and your staff to hold offenders accountable", he writes.

The police will file the lawsuit as it attempts to recover monies used to investigate alleged claims of falsely reporting an attack in Chicago.

"She, for the first time in the history of this county, has exercised prosecutorial discretion in away that does not put black and brown men in prison every single day, and that's something the FOPs can't stand", said attorney Brendan Shiller. "The March 28 letter said he must pay within seven days but didn't specify a response if he didn't", reports Fox News.

The letter was sent after a prosecutor unexpectedly dropped 16 felony disorderly conduct charges against Smollett, who was accused of staging the attack on himself. The city won't have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Smollett staged the attack in civil court, only that it's more likely true than not true that he did.

Lori Lightfoot will be sworn in as mayor of Chicago on May 20, and could reverse any legal action her predecessor is taking.

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