'A Wave That Keeps Building': Chicago Fraternal Order of Police to Protest Smollett Prosecutor
The Fraternal Order of Police in Chicago on Monday is planning to protest outside Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx's office over her handling of the Jussie Smollett case.
Foxx has come under fire after her office decided not to prosecute the "Empire" actor for allegedly staging a hate crime against himself in January.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants Smollett to reimburse the city $130,000 to cover the cost of overtime hours spent on the investigation.
In an op-ed for The Chicago Tribune, Foxx defended her actions but admitted that a third-party review into the high-profile case would help maintain transparency.
Shortly before the Fraternal Order of Police protest Monday, Rev. Jesse Jackson, other clergy and local leaders are holding a rally in support of Foxx.
Martin Preib, second vice president of the Fraternal Order of Police, Chicago Lodge 7, joined the "Fox & Friends First" co-hosts Monday morning to explain the outcry over the controversial decision to drop charges against the actor.
He said many in the law enforcement community felt "outrage and disgust," particularly because they have questioned Foxx office's handling of several other cases.
"It's kind of like a wave that keeps building, but this one got so much national attention. It was nice to see one of the scandals get some attention," Preib said.
He added that he agrees with President Trump that it is necessary for the Justice Department and FBI to review the case.
FBI & DOJ to review the outrageous Jussie Smollett case in Chicago. It is an embarrassment to our Nation!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 28, 2019
"I truly hope the federal authorities conduct a thorough investigation and they follow the evidence where it leads," Preib said. "We've noticed a significant change in the Department of Justice from the Obama administration to the Trump administration, and we believe Chicago desperately needs that."
Watch the "Fox & Friends First" interview above, and see former FBI official Mark Morgan weigh in on the Smollett case and possible FBI probe below.