Slowik: Lawmaker questions racial optics of police groups’ calls for Foxx to resign

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A state lawmaker criticized a south suburban police group’s participation in an event at which police called for Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx to resign for dismissing charges against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett.

State Rep. Thaddeus Jones, D-Calumet City, raised questions in public social media posts about the South Suburban Association of Chiefs Of Police standing with the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police Thursday at a news conference in Chicago.

Jones expressed his view that the 30 or so Chicago police officials and suburban police chiefs —mostly from northern and western suburbs — created a problem with optics and race as they stood behind a podium and called for a black woman’s resignation.

“So, a list of all white suburban police chiefs gather to call for the resignation of the state’s attorney,” Jones wrote Thursday evening on Facebook. “Why would any south suburban police chief get involved in the actions of the Chicago FOP?

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Region: South Suburbs,Opinion

via Southtown Opinion – Daily Southtown http://bit.ly/2WDmF83

April 5, 2019 at 05:00PM

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