State's Attorney Forced To Recuse Herself After Posing With Defendant For Selfie

Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx was forced to recuse herself after she posed for a selfie with the defendant.

Chicago, IL – Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx has agreed to “formally” recuse herself from the case of a man charged with battery on a peace officer after she appeared on Facebook in a selfie with the defendant.

Eight Chicago police officers accused Foxx of conflict of interest after a photo of her posing with a grin next to Jedediah Brown in a selfie popped up on social media, WBBM reported.

At the time she posed for the selfie with the defendant, she was also prosecuting him.

“When you’re taking pictures with the prosecutor while you have a case pending, that appearance is of impropriety calls out for removal of that prosecutor,” James McKay, the attorney for the Chicago police officers, told WBBM. “If a prosecutor has a relationship – whether it’s a working relationship, a political relationship, a personal relationship – he or she should remove themselves from that case so it appears to be fair and impartial for both sides.”

McKay also pointed out that Foxx had Brown standing beside her on the platform at the press conference, as a measure of support, as she defended her controversial decision to drop the charges against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett. She was also flanked by Rainbow/Push Coalition founder Reverend Jessie Jackson.

“It compromised [the officers’] confidence in the criminal justice system to say the least. This came to fruition as a result of that press conference, and right now they’re thankful that at least now they have an opportunity for fairness at the trial,” McKay said after Foxx’s decision to formally recuse herself was announced.

Brown is facing charges of resisting arrest, obstructing traffic, and two counts of misdemeanor battery to a peace officer for an incident that occurred when Brown was protesting an officer-involved shooting in July of 2018, WBBM reported.

The incident occurred during a protest march condemning the shooting of barber Harith Augustus.

Chicago Police Department Spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said Brown was arrested after he and other protesters had been asked multiple times to stop blocking traffic, the Chicago Tribune reported at the time.

The arrest report said Brown became “resistant and officers had to physically restrain him to take him into custody,” according to Guglielmi.

A cell phone video of the incident posted to Twitter showed Brown fighting with officers and refusing to comply even after they took him to the ground.

The video also showed him refusing to walk to the police transport van and trying to cause a ruckus after he was loaded into it.

The officers who complained about Foxx’s conflict of interest also claimed Brown was a paid member of Foxx’s campaign staff

However, it turned out that Brown was only a volunteer for the future state’s attorney’s campaign, WBBM reported.

Foxx “formally” recusing herself means she asked the court to have a special prosecutor appointed to prosecute the case against Brown, taking it entirely out of her jurisdiction.

This is noteworthy because Foxx announced she was recusing herself from the Smollett case the day the actor was taken into custody, but instead of referring the case to another office as is protocol, she handed it to her top assistant, and never really uninvolved herself.

After her office dropped all 16 felony charges against Smollett, Foxx found herself in the hot seat with the Chicago mayor, the police chief, and the President of the United States, who has called for a federal investigation.

Two of Foxx’s top deputies have since tendered their resignations, and will be leaving the prosecutor’s office in early May.

Chief Ethics Officer April Perry, who wrote the memo announcing that Foxx had recused herself from “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett’s case, and veteran prosecutor Mark Rotert are both in the midst of their final weeks at the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

A hearing is scheduled for the appointment of a special prosecutor on May 9, WBBM reported.

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NTPD935Ret
NTPD935Ret

She should be in prison with all her friends! Racist POS!!!

trainbuff
trainbuff

So, whose version of this story is true? Blue Lives Matter, or Jon Lowenstein's?

Normally I wouldn't hesitate to know which is true until I find out my comments have been censored.

Makes me almost feel like Zuckerberg owns this website too.

Bad Bob
Bad Bob

I think the skank is having a SEXUAL RELATIONSHIP with the defendant.

NomonK
NomonK

Being of Color has its advantages especially when the Race Card is played. I'm so tired of hearing about White Privilege and Racist Whites when in reality there are just as many Racist in the Black Community. Thank God there are more Nonracist in both communities.

Gramercy
Gramercy

Really? Kim Foxx AGAIN!!?? She had best recuse herself from her position PERMANENTLY...

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

Gee, we all know which side of the fence she is on. She should be fired to allow her to defend these pieces of human waste in Chicongo.

Storm45
Storm45

She just be a hood ho. I think that vernacular is close for communicating with those savages.

Stanracer
Stanracer

This bitch needs to be fired...soon!👎

Wish505
Wish505

She like so many others uses racism as a crutch. Life has taught us that the biggest racist is the one that shouts loudest first but yet we find that they are the easiest to manipulate.

LPD133
LPD133

No moral or ethical compass and the same ability to learn from mistakes as a goldfish.

ReserveDepty3431
ReserveDepty3431

Some of the remarks concerning this issue prior to my statement are very uncalled for and more than likely is because of the lack of a vocabulary but never the less what you openly have her is a blatant disregard for the law and a triple slap in the face of Chicago's law enforcement officers who have a constant up hill climb just to put their lives on the line and get the job done ever day without having their prosecuting attorney who they so desperately depend on to complete the lawfully mandated chain of justice for the citizens they both took the oath to serve and protect without being stabbed in the back by a politically racist prosecuting attorney who they so desperately depend on.JGB

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

This lady or man, whatever, is just too much already. Of course she was going to drop this case also

61mouse
61mouse

Why is she still in this job ?

Caroparks53
Caroparks53

Fox is as corrupt as obumer n killery..time for her to go..

JMK2244
JMK2244

This so-called "prosecutor" should not have ANY case from which to recuse herself! Time for Cook County to fire her and get a REAL State's Attorney. Good grief!

cclaxton
cclaxton

She is no prosecutor. She is a defense attorney in the State's Attorney's office.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

Out of touch? Yes , and add a combination of naive, incompetent, ignorant , unethical, corrupt and showing preferred racial bias .....It is wise to avoid voting in members of this community into any official office. They repeatedly avoid the rule of law, regulations , and policy as written, make it up as they go along, use inconsistent judgement , appearing incapable of removing race from their own decision making while trying to "correct "perceived or imagined "social injustices" , and will then sit there dumbfounded and unaware or just lie outright when finally confronted. How many examples do you need to see? 2 ? 5? 10? When do you say "enough"? Remember this when time to vote. Remember to speak out at civic , municipal or state meetings. Keep track of your own tally if you doubt what I mention .