Fraternal Order Of Police Protests Outside Kim Foxx’s Office

Jussie Smollett’s Freedom Could Mean R. Kelly’s Imprisonment

On Thursday, city officials wrote Smollett that he could be prosecuted for making false statements if he fails to repay the roughly $130,000 cost of the police's probe into his alleged hate hoax in the next seven days.

"You can not allow people to talk about people simply because of the color of their skin".

MacDonald, whose sign read "Justice for sale in Crook County", said he has been in law enforcement for 35 years is disappointed with how Foxx is running the office, especially how she handled the Smollett case.

Greenberg said following Avenatti's arrest that his role in delivering the tape to prosecutors should be called into question in light of the new allegations. Eventually, Smollett - brilliantly portrayed by Chris Redd - enters the fray and says he was late because he was attacked yet again. Rock asked. "From now on, you're Jessie from now on".

Prosecutors admitted while they are no longer charging Smollett, they believe he staged the fake hate crime.

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"I don't understand why the prosecutors could not explain why they did what they did".

"I have been truthful and consistent on every level since day one", he said. Before entering his plea, his character was pulled in February from the final two episodes of Empire Season 5, where he played Jamal Lyon. Smollett initially received 16 felony counts for orchestrating his own attack: In January he claimed to have been physically assaulted by two masked men shouting racial and homophobic slurs at him moments after he'd landed in Chicago. In terms of R. Kelly's case, she has urged victims to come forward since the initial charges were brought against him.

"We are not going to allow the FOP, the mayor and (police Superintendent) Eddie Johnson to use the Jussie Smollet case to beat us over the head with it", said Frank Chapman, co-chairperson of the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson and other clergy are planning a rally in support of Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx, who's faced criticism since her office dropped charges against actor Jussie Smollett.

Video footage reveals the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police chanting "Blue Lives Matter" as counter-protesters chanted "Black Lives Matter" back at them.

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