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Simmering tensions — racial and political with local and national implications — bubbled to the surface during two competing protests in Chicago on Monday, prompted by prosecutors’ handling of actor Jussie Smollett’s alleged crimes.
The Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Chicago Lodge Seven sponsored a protest of Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx. That protest was held in front of the Cook County Administration Building on 69 West Washington, where the CCSA has offices.
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The FOP is Chicago police’s union.
The crowd of several hundred people was split fairly evenly.
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The police were protesting Foxx’s handling of the Jussie Smollett case, where she made a dubious deal and then made contradictory statements about it.
“Kim Foxx must go,” the crowd favoring the police chanted repeatedly.
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Their supporters wore hats and pins that read, “back the blue.”
Foxx recently even admitted that while she claimed for weeks to have recused herself, she did not actually do so.
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“The State’s Attorney did not formally recuse herself or the Office based on any actual conflict of interest,” a spokesperson told Chicago Tribune columnist John Kass for a column on March 28.
Kass was at the rally; Daily Caller caught him quickly interviewing Jesse Jackson, who was whisked off by an entourage before this reporter could also interview Jackson.
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Police and their supporters who spoke with The Daily Caller said the reaction to the Smollett case was the result of pent up frustration over numerous issues.
“The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office has been smoldering for a while, and this is the case that broke the straw camel’s back. Enough’s enough,” said Tony, a CPD officer.
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Meanwhile, social justice groups led by the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression (CAARPR) had a counter demonstration, arguing that police have blown this situation out of proportion in order to minimize that department’s own racism, corruption and incompetence.
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