What Kim Foxx Won’t Do for Her Friends...
Where are WBEZ’s Shannon Heffernan and Chip Mitchell Now?
As the scandals increase in number and magnitude around Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, a central question emerges: Just how far will Foxx go to support her friends, and how far will her friends go to support Foxx?
The question looms largest in the media frenzy over Foxx’s decision to drop all charges against Jussie Smollett after a few phone calls from fellow Democratic political allies. In the wake of that scandal, three top members of her administration are hitting the road and President Trump announced a federal review of Foxx’s actions.
But another document released last week paints an even graver picture of the Foxx administration. It is a motion for a special prosecutor to be appointed in a police battery case. In it, attorney James McKay argues that his clients, eight Chicago Police officers, are the victims of a premeditated arrest by activist and fervent Foxx supporter Jedidiah Brown. They argue that Brown intentionally got himself arrested at a protest over a fatal police shooting. Brown could be observed in another video made shortly before his arrest removing jewelry and making comments indicating that he planned on being arrested at the demonstration.
Brown is accused of repeatedly disobeying police orders, blocking traffic, and ultimately punching a cop, an act the attorney for the officers says is captured on video.
After his arrest, prosecutors under Foxx refused felony charges, despite the fact that the alleged battery was captured on videotape. But in addition to the evidence that Brown’s arrest was planned ahead of time, the refusal of felony charges is equally suspicious. The reason, according to the motion, is that another activist, Lamon Reccord, announced on a Facebook video that Brown would not be charged with the felony before even the police were told.
How is that possible? How could Reccord know what prosecutors were going to do before the police did?
After the arrest, the officers were sued in federal court for excessive force, even though the battery by Brown had been captured on video. Did Foxx or anyone on her staff publicly condemn the lawsuit? Did they go to bat for the officers now facing a case that could take years to wind through the courts, one that could end up with the City once again arbitrarily paying out a settlement to Brown?
Just how much of this entire episode was premeditated?
In the course of his arrest, Brown made some eyebrow-raising comments, according to the motion for a special prosecutor. In it, Brown is accused of telling two of the police officers that “he was a paid political worker for Kim Foxx, having worked on Ms. Foxx’s campaign in 2015.”
Despite being charged with battery against a police officer, Brown later appeared with Foxx at an April 6 press conference at Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow/PUSH headquarters. Foxx welcomed Brown onstage. Brown even took a selfie with Foxx, complete with a statement about the police and the Blue Klux Klan.
“Ms. Foxx’s public alliance with Jedidiah Brown, while his criminal case is still pending, is just another punch and kick to these police officers, but this time it’s to their confidence in the criminal justice system,” the petition reads.
Which brings us to the other important side of Foxx’s friendships. One of Foxx’s most powerful allies are a cabal Chicago media activists. One function of these activists is to ignore the many scandals emerging in the Foxx administration, even scandals that make the Smollett case pale by comparison, like the exoneration of convicted killers and vacating convictions of ranking gang members that will allow them to remain in the country. Another function is the relentless vilification of the police.
Consider the silence of NPR station WBEZ. Reporters from this station went to bat big-time for Foxx after the FOP staged a peaceful, legal protest at Foxx’s downtown headquarters several weeks ago. After the protest, WBEZ reporter Shannon Heffernan conjured up the imagery of an association between some white nationalists she said supposedly hung around the protest that took place on a downtown sidewalk.
Heffernan sent an email to the FOP asking about it. The FOP condemned the question itself as ludicrous and offensive, the mere suggestion that the organization or its members would ever in any way knowingly associate with such a group. Heffernan put the question and the FOP’s response on social media.
The imagery tying white nationalists and the FOP now find their way into Foxx’s speeches and statements as she attempts to vainly quell the chaos enveloping her scandal-ridden administration.
On the one hand, WBEZ reporters seem content to gin up the false associations of the FOP to white supremacist groups that Foxx is now employing in her speeches and statements. On the other, they covered nothing about the motion for a special prosecutor on behalf of the police officers. By the by, the police officers represent a broad diversity of Chicago’s ethnic and racial demographics. WBEZ also said nothing about the accusations of a premeditated arrest by Brown or his associations with Foxx.
But why would WBEZ cover the other side of the story that might paint Foxx in a negative light?
What are friends for, after all?