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So, What Else Has Cook County Prosecutor Kim Foxx Been Up To?

After the spectacle that was/is Cook County (Chicago) State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s handling of the Jussie Smollett case, let’s say, I am not a big fanof Ms. Foxx. But not only because of her apparent dislike of cops or that specific case which put Foxx on everyone’s radar. No, there are other lesser known but equally disturbing cases with which Foxx has been associated. Other cases where she’s demonstrated her lack of respect, even overt antipathy, for law enforcement.

Let’s consider one: Pjmedia.com’s Tyler O’Neil reported, “[E]ight Chicago police officers formally asked for a special prosecutor [to replace Ms. Foxx] in the case of Jedidiah Brown, an activist who allegedly assaulted them.”

Brown appeared with Foxx at a press conference concerning her handling of the Smollett case. Reportedly, Brown said he worked for Foxx’s political campaign in 2015. He continues to post his support for her on Facebook. Despite this evident conflict of interest, Foxx has maintained oversight of Brown’s case involving assaults on police officers.

Many believe Foxx should have recused herself from that case. But, after her Smollett case pseudo-recusal, any promise to step away from any case would be worthless. O’Neil reports, “This petition [for a special prosecutor] reveals the anti-police corruption and animus in Foxx’s office.”

Reports also show Foxx supported efforts against officers charged in a cover up in the Laquan McDonald case. Regardless, a court acquitted the police officers. P.J. Media also reported Foxx has dismissed homicide cases of gang members who’d confessed to the murders.

Foxx reportedly let a murderer off with probation, rather than imposing the 30-year sentence recommended. The gang member she let off was the primary assailant in the beating death of a 16-year-old boy after he “was caught in the middle of a gang fight on his way home from school.” The cops, through their union, have called for a federal investigation into Foxx’s office. The 16-year-old boy’s family ain’t so happy, either.

So, what exactly did Mr. Brown allegedly do? According to reports, after three warnings from police to Brown and his associate not to block traffic, they refused to get out of the street. Instead, he took off jewelry and other encumberments, as if preparing himself for a physical confrontation with police.

From the police report: “After several warnings Mr. Brown and a fellow protester intentionally blocked traffic, daring the police to react. Brown’s associate was arrested first, peacefully and without a struggle. Nevertheless, Mr. Brown intentionally interfered with that arrest and yelled at the police to release the man.

“In an aggressive manner Mr. Brown charged at the police with his arms outstretched. Brown physically engaged with several officers. The pod camera above captured Mr. Brown punching one of the Petitioners [police officers]. Brown’s aggression and criminal disobedience required several police officers to effectuate his arrest. During the cuffing procedure, Mr. Brown kicked another Petitioner.”

Notwithstanding the evidence, including video, Foxx dismissed the charges of aggravated battery committed against the cops—a felony.

Later, Brown’s partner-in-crime in the melee announced, during a live Facebook video, that Foxx had dropped the felony charges against Brown. This was before Foxx had informed the officers she was doing so. How did Brown’s friend find out before the cops? Just how close are Brown and Foxx? Well, there is a photograph at a press conference showing a smiling Kim Foxx, the Cook County state’s attorney, posing with Brown, a defendant she is responsible for prosecuting for allegedly assaulting several police officers.

In response to the cops’ petition for a special prosecutor because of Foxx’s obvious “appearance of impropriety,” Brown has filed a federal suit against the cops. Despite video camera footage showing Brown’s actions, he is accusing the cops of striking him first and arresting him for no reason. Okay

This would normally be an obvious waste of the court’s time. But in today’s anti-cop environment, with prosecutors’ offices helmed by folks such as Kim Foxx, and so many leftist activist judges on the bench, Brown could conceivably prevail. We’ve seen too much of this lately: Prosecutors serving as more effective defense attorneys than the public defenders’ offices provide.

It seems, in America today, we not only have a two-tiered justice system, but two separate justice systems: a healthy one that seeks to adhere to constitutional equal justice and another sick one that seeks to institute the left’s warped view of social justice. If we don’t return exclusively to the former, we will most certainly collapse under the latter.

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Steve Pomper

Steve Pomper is an OpsLens contributor, a retired Seattle police officer, and the author of four non-fiction books, including De-Policing America: A Street Cop’s View of the Anti-Police State. You can read a review of this new book in Front Page Magazine and listen to an interview with Steve on the Joe Pags Show. Steve was a field-training officer, on the East Precinct Community Police Team, and served his entire career on the streets. He has a BA in English Language and Literature. He enjoys spending time with his kids and grand-kids. He loves to ride his Harley, hike, and cycle with his wife, Jody, a retired firefighter. You can find out more about Steve and send him comments and questions at www.stevepomper.com.

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