Jussie Smollett Heads Back to Court
***Honor Our Fallen Cops***
The lawsuit is being drafted by the city's Law Department and will be filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County, spokesman Bill McCaffrey said.
Thursday was the city's deadline day for the "Empire" actor to reimburse the city more than $130,000 for the cost of the investigation into the alleged racist and homophobic attack that police determined was a hoax.
Last week, Cook County prosecutors dropped 16 counts of disorderly conduct against Smollett, after he agreed to forfeit his $10,000 bail, and performed 16 hours of community service.
Smollett has maintained his innocence and said he was "truthful and consistent" from the start, but prosecutors have said they do not believe he is innocent, and Mayor Rahm Emanuel has said the actor owes Chicago an apology.
The case's unexpected turn has subjected State's Attorney Kim Foxx to withering criticism, with Chicago's police union and most of the metropolitan area's police chiefs calling for her resignation.
The Chicago Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) emphasized the Smollett debacle represents the tip of the iceberg in their grievances with Foxx.
Much of their frustration stems from lack of charges in vicious attacks on police officers.
"We see people with a dislocated knee. We see people who have been bitten, almost had fingers bitten off. And we can't get felony charges on that. That's a problem," FOP president Kevin Graham lamented.