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Rev. Jesse Jackson, FOP Plan Rallies Over Dropped Charges In Smollett Case

April 01, 2019 - 7:40 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO/AP) -- The Rev. Jesse Jackson and other clergy are planning a rally Monday morning in support of Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx, who's faced criticism since her office dropped charges against actor Jussie Smollett.

Jackson's Rainbow/PUSH Coalition said the civil rights leader will join fellow clergy, elected officials, attorneys and community activists for a Monday morning rally at the Chicago Temple supporting Foxx.

Jackson said in a statement that the criticism of Foxx is "unreasonable, unjustified and politically motivated."

Foxx has faced criticism since prosecutors dismissed all 16 felony counts against Smollett, who is black and gay. The "Empire" actor was accused of faking a racist, anti-gay attack on himself in January.

Authorities say that in return for the charges being dropped, Smollett agreed to forfeit the $10,000 he put up to get out of jail and completed community service. The Chicago Tribune reports that the community service included volunteering at Rainbow/PUSH Coalition.

The Fraternal Order of Police in Chicago plans to protest Monday outside Foxx's office over the dismissal of the Smollett charges.