Smollett refuses to reimburse Chicago for investigation, city set to sue

05 April, 2019, 05:43 | Author: Jared Lewis
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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson felt differently, slamming the prosecution's decision to drop the charges against Smollett and expressing that they stood behind the Chicago detectives' investigation that led to Smollett getting indicted on 16 felony counts earlier this month for allegedly making false statements to two different Chicago Police officers.

"As part of this legal action, the Law Department will pursue the full measure of damages allowed under the ordinance", the statement from Chicago said.

In a letter sent to the "Empire" actor on March 28, the city's corporation counsel said that if he didn't pay in the next seven days, he might be prosecuted using Chicago's municipal code or other legal remedies.

Representatives for Smollett did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment.

Throughout the case, Smollett maintained his innocence. 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.

Smollett, who is black and gay, touched off a social media fire storm by telling police on January 29 that two apparent supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump struck him, put a noose around his neck and poured bleach over him. Lightfoot will be Chicago's first black female mayor.

Taraji P. Henson, who's starred alongside Jussie Smollett in "Empire", spoke on "The View" about his dropped charges surrounding an alleged attack police said he fabricated.

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Some 30 police chiefs attended a joint news conference Thursday with the Chicago police union president, Kevin Graham, to support that call.

Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot could reverse any legal action after she's sworn in May 20.

"What she is doing is enabling the offenders; bad guys are not being held accountable", said Chief Steven Stelter, West Suburban Chiefs Association.

Steven Stelter, of the West Suburban Chiefs of Police Association, told reporters it wasn't only about her handling of Smollett's 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".

Chicago's WLS-TV reports three groups representing police chiefs voted to express "no confidence" in Kim Foxx.

Smollett's defense team then gave a statement to ET, stating that the actor was owed an apology, as his charges were dropped.

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