The Cook County state attorney who got lambasted for how she handled the Jussie Smollett case is running reelection, so she’s apologizing now.
From CBS Chicago:
CBS 2’s political investigator Dana Kozlov sat down with Foxx and asked about that case, and her relationship with key players in the city — including the Fraternal Order of Police, who have criticized Foxx and her handling of the Smollett case.
When asked why people should trust her, Foxx didn’t answer the question directly, at first. But for people who may point to the Smollett case as a reason to be skeptical of how she’s running the office — it’s an important one.
“In human terms, the work that our office does every day on behalf of people who have been victims of violent crime speaks for itself,” Foxx said.
Foxx has been under fire since March, after dropping charges against actor Smollett for staging his own hate crime attack. It drew the ire of the police union and City Hall.
BUT when she’s asked specifically what she’s apologizing about, she’s very vague.
In Foxx’s re-election video, she said she didn’t handle the Smollett case “well.”
“Listen, when I ran for this office in 2016, I said we were going to do things fundamentally different than we’ve done them before. We were going to focus on violent crime and in this particular case, we did this case like we’d done many others,” Foxx told CBS 2. “But the failure was that we didn’t communicate well. About how and why we were doing what we were doing. And that responsibility as an elected leader who is accountable to the public falls on me.”
Foxx also said in her video that she made changes in her office to ensure that that type of situation doesn’t happen again.
“Some of those changes have included us being more engaged with the communities that we serve around talking about how we handle low level non-violent offenses so that there’s a broader understanding of how we use our resources,” Foxx said.
When asked whether she owed anyone an apology, she said: “I take making an apology very seriously and I hear everything about the frustrations that people have had about this case.”
This makes me think she’s just doing it in an attempt to win re-election. There is evidence that a former Obama administration aide interfered in the case in order to help Smollett off the hook. And that shows just how justice works, or rather doesn’t, for the wealthy and powerful.