(Chicago, IL) – Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says dropping charges against actor Jussie Smollett amounts to whitewashing justice. Smollett was being charged with lying about a racist and homophobic attack. Emanuel said prosecutors showed that there’s a different set of rules for people in an influential position. Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said justice wasn’t served because Smollett got a brokered deal.
Now the Chicago police union wants an investigation into the prosecutor who exchanged emails with a former chief of staff to Michelle Obama about the Jussie Smollett case. The union wants the Department of Justice to investigate State’s Attorney Kim Foxx to determine the extent of her involvement with the case.
Foxx had recused herself from the case, but the Chicago Sun Times reports former chief of staff Tina Tchen had put Foxx in touch with Smollet’s family days after he told police about the alleged attack.