Despite her apparent intervention in actor Jussie Smollett’s criminal case regarding his alleged false police report, Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx said nothing as 76-year-old Robert Racky was pushed through the criminal court for a similar incident.
Although Foxx defended the decision to drop charges against Smollett, whose report included racially and politically charged language, and said the city was focused on violent crime, Racky appears to have been given unequal treatment.
The Smollett case has continued to draw outrage from police unions and Americans nationwide, who have demanded answers as to why Foxx and others seemingly swept the actor’s charges under the rug.
From The DailyMailUK:
A frail businessman was arrested and charged with the same crime as Jussie Smollett, and admitted his crimes straight away to save Chicago police an investigation, but now has a criminal record.
Robert Racky pleaded guilty to filing false police report last month, after calling the cops in August 2018 saying he been carjacked. In fact, he had been booted by the city for unpaid parking tickets.
The frail 76-year-old, who opened the first rooftop club outside the home of the Chicago Cubs in Wrigleyville in 1988, was thrown in jail for two days before a lawyer posted his bond.
He couldn’t afford to pay the bail himself because of a slew of financial problems and was suffering from crippling bronchitis at the time.
Racky admitted his crimes straight after he was arrested and saved the city a lengthy investigation, but was still dragged through the courts and will now likely end his life with a rap sheet.
It was his first offense. Now questions are being raised as to why Racky was subjected to different standards to Smollett.
Just a few weeks before Racky’s guilty plea, Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx dropped all charges against the Empire star after he allegedly staged a hate attack to try and get a raise on the show.
The actor, who is black and gay, claimed that two white men attacked him on the sidewalk shouting racist and anti-gay slurs, as well as slogans of Donald Trump.
Smollet avoided a criminal record, despite the sworn testimony of two Nigerian bodybuilders who said Smollett had paid them to stage the hoax.
Smollett has never apologized for his actions, has never been held accountable, and the investigation into his conduct cost Chicago police $130,000. He did two days of community service.
Ever since, Foxx’s office has defended their decision to drop the charges against Smollett and insist they only focus on ‘violent crime’. She has also suggested race may be a factor in the criticism against her.
‘He got frustrated. Lost his temper and did something he stupidly shouldn’t have done.
‘It certainly wasn’t a Jussie Smollett type thing where it took the police days and days of intense investigation to figure out what happened.
‘It was clear cut and he admitted exactly what he had done.