The Chicago Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) and a group of suburban police chiefs joined together on Thursday to give a vote of no confidence to Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx after her office let Obama-connected actor Jussie Smollett walk with no charges after he lied to police to create a hate hoax.
“People standing around me can give you countless examples of how Ms. Foxx’s lack of prosecution has cost our members and police officers … an enormous amount of problems,” FOP President Kevin Graham said. “Not to mention the fact that the people in Cook County are depending on prosecutors to put people in jail and charge them accordingly.”
Graham joined a group of roughly 30 suburban police leaders in calling on Foxx to resign. She has no plans to do so and continues to deny any wrongdoing despite pulling this miscarriage of justice in broad daylight.
“I was elected by the people of Cook County to pursue community safety, prevent harm, and uphold the values of fairness and equal justice,” Foxx said in a public statement. “I’m proud of my record in doing that, and I plan to do so through the end of my term and, if the people so will it, into the future.”
Graham makes it clear that the Smollett disgrace was far from an isolated incident. It is just another embarrassment coming from a long career of inappropriate conduct from Foxx’s office.
One troubling instance is Foxx’s office dropping murder charges on Gabriel Solache and Arturo Reyes despite the fact that Foxx’s top assistant at the time believed that the two men brutally stabbed a couple to death in their home in 1998. Graham is also perturbed that those who assault police officers are rarely charged by Foxx.
“We need to have a prosecutor who is going to charge people when they commit a crime,” he said. “If there’s no charges and nobody goes to jail, then obviously the law doesn’t mean anything. … That’s a problem.”
A group of suburban police chiefs from Northern Illinois also addressed their concerns in a sternly-worded letter of denouncement addressed to Foxx.
“It appears your strategy to address non-violent crime in Cook County is to decriminalize or ignore it, regardless of any collateral cost which is born overwhelmingly by individual communities and their police agencies,” they wrote.
They believe Foxx’s unwillingness to prosecute individuals for drug and shop-lifting crimes is hurting the ability of law enforcement to do their job adequately.
“These decisions add to the continuing resource burden on police agencies,” the letter said. “We continue, as we are required, to investigate and make arrests for these offenses for which accountability and deterrence are greatly diminished.”
“Our officers must explain your decisions not to prosecute to our local victims,” the letter coldly stated.
Foxx’s office decided to drop all charges against Jussie Smollett after Foxx exchanged some texts with former Obama bundler Tina Tchen. The rule of law is all but dead in Chicago, and it is the Democratic leadership and their voting base who is to blame.
California’s Santa Clara County, Reportedly the Last Place in America to Prohibit Indoor Worship, Finally Lifts Ban Following Supreme Court Order
Santa Clara County is home to Silicon Valley.
The Supreme Court issued an order on Friday that required California’s Santa Clara County to lift its prohibition on indoor religious services.
Santa Clara County is home to Silicon Valley and the city of San Jose. It may have been the last place in the United States to maintain its indoor worship ban prior to the Supreme Court order, which came almost a full year after the in-earnest beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in America.
Bishop Oscar Cantu of San Jose said in a Friday night statement that “I join all Catholics and people of faith in Santa Clara County in expressing our satisfaction in tonight’s U.S. Supreme Court decision rejecting Santa Clara County’s ban on indoor worship services. Santa Clara was the only county in the country to continue such a ban. Banning indoor worship and yet allowing people to gather at airports, personal services establishments, and retail shopping is unconstitutional—and the Supreme Court has said so several times.”
Religious services in Santa Clara County, however, cannot take place at more than 20 percent capacity and without strict mask, social distancing, and sanitization protocols.
After hearing the South Bay United Pentecostal Church v. Newsom case, SCOTUS ruled on February 5 in favor of the former and effectively mandated that the state of California lift its ban on indoor religious services. Santa Clara County tried to maintain that the ruling didn’t apply to them because their county directives did not specifically target religious worship, but the court is evidently not buying that explanation given Friday’s order.
The decision back in 2020 to deem religious services “non-essential” was disastrous and evil from the beginning. Glad the Supreme Court has been doing its part to rectify that injustice.
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