Chicago to sue Smollett after he refuses to pay investigation costs

Chicago to sue Smollett after he refuses to pay investigation costs

Chicago to sue Smollett after he refuses to pay investigation costs

Mayor Rahm Emanuel's law chief wrote Smollett last Thursday asking he repay roughly $130,000 within seven days or face persecution for making false statements regarding the purported attack. "Once it is filed, the Law Department will send a courtesy copy of the complaint to Mr. Smollett's Los Angeles-based legal team".

"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 forces", Mellema concludes.

The letter was sent days after the Cook County state's attorney's office dropped all 16 felony charges accusing Smollett, who is black and gay, of orchestrating the January 29 attack.

"This is pretty unheard of, that the chiefs associations are getting together this tightly from across Cook County to address this issue", said Jack Touhy, speaking on behalf of the south suburban police association.

Nonpayment will likely prompt the city to sue Smollett, prompting a civil trial where standards for proving he staged the incident will be lower than in criminal court.

Emanuel and Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson had said they were not only furious with the outcome of Tuesday's surprise hearing, but also blindsided by the decision itself, with the officials learning that Smollett wouldn't face charges for allegedly faking a hate crime at the same time the public found out.

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Last week, prosecutors had dropped all charges against him in a move Emanuel called a "whitewash." . "The bad guys are not being held accountable".

Following the dismissal of the charges, the actor told a news conference: "I have been truthful and consistent on every single level since day one".

Asked why there were no African-American police chiefs at the event, Graham said only that all county police chiefs had been invited.

As the show gears up for its sixth season, she said Smollett will star in it, adding, "I haven't heard anything else". He said residents needed to know Foxx "is letting them down". "I've spoken to quite a few Police Chiefs who have shared that they strongly disagree with position of the SSPCA".

In mid-February, Foxx said her decision to recuse herself from the case was due to her communication with Tchen and an unnamed Smollett family member. But she hasn't explained any action she might take as mayor regarding Smollett.


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