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#391 Post by chijohnaok » Wed Apr 10, 2019 7:55 pm

i also noticed this column:

https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/col ... story.html
Column: If black people have to play the race card to save Kim Foxx and her reform agenda, let the games begin

By Dahleen Glanton
Chicago Tribune

The Jussie Smollett case has never really been about Smollett. Most African-Americans figured that out a long time ago.

It began as another divisive episode of Donald Trump’s America, the angry place where bigots openly attacked Muslims, Jews, gays and racial minorities and then tried to turn themselves into victims when Smollett was accused of faking an assault.

It was an exercise in blatant hypocrisy, matched only by the venom spewed onto Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx when her office dropped all the charges.

But that dispute isn’t about Smollett either. It’s an attack on Foxx’s bold reform agenda. And African-Americans in Chicago are taking it personally.

If there was any doubt about how the black community feels about this thinly veiled attempt by the anti-reform establishment to take down the first elected African-American state’s attorney, it was evident by the support she received at the Rev. Jesse Jackson’s recent Rainbow/PUSH Coalition event.

With Foxx on stage flanked by prominent African-American ministers, black people sent a clear message that they will not stand by and allow forces that have long opposed any kind of police and prosecutorial reform to pin Foxx to a whipping post.

Some have tried to reduce the event to a symbolic playing of the race card. But much more is at stake than a simple game of black versus white. Chicago is embroiled in a dispute over justice — what it looks like for those who always have been allowed to take it for granted versus those who have rarely gotten to see it at all.

Since her election three years ago, Foxx has tried to bring the two opposite views into better focus. That includes working with others to shift courtroom culture by overhauling the bail system, ending the practice of filing excessive charges as a means of extracting plea deals and plugging the school to prison pipeline that entraps young people in the system at an early age.

Let’s put aside the question of Smollett’s guilt or innocence. That is no longer relevant to what is happening in Chicago. This debacle has morphed into a vicious fight over efforts to hold police accountable for how they interact with the public and the leveling of the playing field for everyone who goes through the court system.

It is no secret that those who would benefit most are minorities, primarily African-Americans. Giving blacks a fair shake in the judicial system isn’t something folks are used to seeing in Chicago.

Behind the calls by the Fraternal Order of Police, suburban police chiefs and others for Foxx to step down over a lack of transparency in her handling of the Smollett case is an unabashed attempt to discredit her and thwart reform.

It is all about preserving the old guard, keeping things the way they’ve always been and shutting Foxx down before she can finish pushing through her progressive agenda.

If you want to know why so many African-Americans are standing firmly behind Foxx, it’s because she is the first state prosecutor who has given African-Americans a voice in how they should be treated. When blacks lost faith in police and prosecutors in the aftermath of the Laquan McDonald murder and cover up, Foxx offered them a chance to be heard.

To many African-Americans, Officer Jason Van Dyke’s shooting of the teenager became a symbol of the unbridled abuse black people have suffered at the hands of Chicago police for decades. When the black community had lost all faith that prosecutors would be willing to bring corrupt cops to justice, Foxx promised a new era of police accountability.

Not only did that mean bringing charges against bad cops, it meant throwing out the convictions of dozens of black men who had been wrongly convicted of charges brought by rogue officers.

And Foxx didn’t stop there. She aired the Police Department’s dirty laundry in public and apologized for the harm cops and the judicial system have done in the past.

It should be no surprise that the most visceral opposition to changing the way prosecutors treat police officers would be the union that represents them. The FOP has reacted with both hostility and disdain to the mandate Foxx was given in her resounding election victory.

During the Rainbow/PUSH event, congressman Bobby Rush called the FOP the “sworn enemy of black people.” It wasn’t a nice way to put it. But that doesn’t mean it did not need to be said.

Rush clearly was talking about the union as an institution, not the individual officers who put their lives on the line for us every day. It is important to remind people that there are lots of dutiful police officers in Chicago, and without question, they perform their jobs respectfully and effectively.

The union, however, is another matter. By definition, the FOP’s job is to push for what it considers to be in the best interest of police officers. From its unwavering support for Van Dyke to the recent show of force at a rally in front of Foxx’s downtown office, the FOP has proved that its agenda is not aligned with the interests of most African-Americans.

To simply dismiss what Rush said would mean disregarding the sentiments of a whole lot of black people in Chicago.

Did Foxx make some mistakes in the way she handled the Smollett case? Most people, including African-Americans, might agree that she did. But does the first state prosecutor who has tried to give black people a fair shake in the system deserve to lose her job?

If you paid attention to that event at Rainbow/PUSH, the answer is clear.

Black people are saying, “We’ve got your back, Kim.”

If that’s playing the race card, then let the games begin.

dglanton@chicagotribune.com

Twitter @dahleeng

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I guess that the Chicago Tribune felt they were obligated to give 'equal time' to the opposing side.
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Re: This Is MAGA Country

#392 Post by jack t ripper » Wed Apr 10, 2019 8:36 pm

The dismissal of the Smollett case and justice do not intersect in any respect.

It's not to much to expect a state's attorney to tell the truth and to reject the influence of wealth and power in her decisions. Nor is it unreasonable to expect her to at least consult with the CPD before taking a public crap over hundreds of man hours of work.

Not to mention to insult most of the taxpayers of Chicago
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#393 Post by Anthropoid » Wed Apr 10, 2019 8:45 pm

Black people are saying, “We’ve got your back, Kim.”

If that’s playing the race card, then let the games begin.
Correction to that:
A tiny, outspoken, self-important, and unethical fraction of Americans with some apparent African biological ancestry are saying, "The identity politics game and the vindictive 'reparations' zeitgeist that have put our icons into prosperity and power and bolster all our race-baiting hopes for personal gain and power are too important for us to face our common humanity and American identity with Whitey. So we’ve got your back, Kim.”

If that’s playing the race card, then let the race war begin.
And you know what? They WILL LOSE. 12% of the population isn't enough to win the race war, and the actual number of race warriors among so-called "Black" people, much less their "allies" in the other "races" is bound to be far less than that 12% estimated for persons of African American ancestry.

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#394 Post by chijohnaok » Thu Apr 11, 2019 12:28 pm

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#395 Post by chijohnaok » Fri Apr 12, 2019 5:21 pm

From what I read and saw on the air yesterday, the City of Chicago has filed a civil suit (or is in the process of doing so) for $130,000 to recoup the 1,800+ hours of overtime the Chicago Police Department expended on trying to find Jussey Smollett’s white extremist attackers.

A civil suit has a lower burden of proof to it than a criminal trial would have, to prove Smollett’s liability.
Such a case should also open up all the evidence again to public scrutiny.

I also read that the States Attorney Kim Foxx has referred the matter to the City’s Inspector General to review things and make an evaluation if her office erred in this.
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#396 Post by jwilkerson » Fri Apr 12, 2019 7:34 pm

But if working the civil suite costs the taxpayer more than $130K it is a silly exercise.
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#397 Post by chijohnaok » Fri Apr 12, 2019 9:52 pm

jwilkerson wrote:But if working the civil suite costs the taxpayer more than $130K it is a silly exercise.

I should certainly hope that a civil suit would not cost them anything close to that.

Furthermore, a decision in the city’s favor would put the whole “Jussy is a victim” hoax to bed, and help the city put this whole thing behind them.
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#398 Post by jwilkerson » Fri Apr 12, 2019 10:45 pm

Sounds like Chicago has already put juicy behind them ... they're all set up to protect the rights of the illegal immigrants !!
... “We have people who are routinely coming to this city. We have a whole infrastructure that’s built up to make sure that their rights are protected while the city of Chicago has, under the current administration, provided funding for various groups to help support asylum seekers and other people that are going through the immigration court system. I expect it will continue, if not expand upon, those kinds of resources,” Lightfoot said.
BTW Lightfoot is the new injun chief of the chicago tribe ...
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Re: This Is MAGA Country

#399 Post by C_S » Fri Apr 12, 2019 10:55 pm

Letting Smollett off the hook, and then photos of im vacationing in Viti Levu all smiles.. Laughing and spitting in the face of the consenting governed..

ROFL. That is some serious balls. Those are a pair of balls the size of 2 Jupiters in a gigantic nutsack.

NASA just managed to catch a photo of one of those gigantic nuts. So big that even light can't escape such arrogant, entitled mass.
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#400 Post by Old Eagle » Sat Apr 13, 2019 12:34 am

"America, let me just tell ya something: Do not commit crimes with checks....Get cash, man! I never used an ATM, I heard you can only get $200 out—" Charles Barkley

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