Cook County state's attorney speaks on Jussie Smollett case

Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx defended her office's decision to dismiss charges against the "Empire" actor.
3:26 | 03/29/19

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I'm Alex presently BC news in Chicago and we're talking to the Cook County State's attorney. About the Jesse smaller case right now Kim fox joining us are often used. Handles cases like this class four felonies disorderly conduct in this way off and we have an alternative prosecutions unit within our offense that in the last two years has seen 5700 cases come through. Many of them with similar outcomes as we seen in this case we have to expand how we look at what accountability and justice looks like. And I think for many. It would don't realize that the criminal justice system affords us the chance to have alternative prosecution methods diversion programs. That people are little means or those who have who can also feel themselves to their people who'll. Are saying this is celebrity privilege and had he not been just these Moet and actor of this would have happened. The overwhelming number of people who. Are allowed to participate in diversion programs were allowed to make restitution and do community service. Are not people privileged in fact it's rare to get someone of mr. smallest size Chicago Police Department worked very diligently very hard on this case. I'm and this is no way diminishes the hard work that they've done why did you make the decision early on to recuse yourself I'd spoken as someone who is related. To mr. smiling at the time he was considered it can. I did not want the appearance of that conversation. I don't conversations I have often with victims of crime or their families to in anyway. Shade the integrity of the investigation it was happening. That Moscow don't know. I recuse myself a weak performance smile that was separate charge his. Jesse exonerated all this did he commit the crimes he's accused them. Missed smile I had I had forfeited his violent and do community service so that he could get the outcome that he received. That is in no way an indication by this office he's not guilty of the crime and he was accused. I know you say this is something you do often and the office does opera but that doesn't really explain it to people who can't figure out why this celebrity who. He went from victim to you certainly being a suspect is now walking away for. You have an endless and I think it is a lot to digest when people don't understand why you're here officer the justice system works. And I think for us put it we've always been as transparent. You know we're the only prosecutor's office in the country that has every been accused level data on her will continue to portal. Bring anyone in Chicago or anywhere across the country can go on and look and see how we've cheating other disorderly conduct. I cases because not talk about it it's usually that being it is you know most. Shiny that we talk about these kinds of cases slipped under the radar and I think it's my responsibility to talk about. And nonviolent offenses but those who don't have a record. And have the ability to have these types of programs. Where we are dealing with the violence in the city Chicago. Where we are outpacing others in terms of gun crimes we want to make sure our resources are calling there. This isn't this is not about privileged this is about using our resources in getting chest how content and that's what this is about. And I think it's hard for people realized that justice takes many forms. And this is a form that we utilized in this case. Okay thank you so much Cook County State's attorney Kevin fox that's the latest from Chicago. You're watching ABC news I'm Alex for us.

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