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Chicago police call for state’s attorney to resign in Smollett controversy

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Protesting Chicago police officers on Monday called for Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx to resign after her office dropped felony charges against actor Jussie Smollett last week related to allegations that he staged a phony hate crime.

About 300 people, including off-duty Chicago police officers, gathered at the building where Foxx’s office is located in downtown Chicago, wearing “Foxx Must Go!” buttons and carrying signs reading “Resign now” and “Who let the Foxx in the henhouse.”

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Smollett, who is black and gay, ignited a firestorm on social media by telling police on Jan. 29 that two apparent supporters of President Donald Trump struck him, put a noose around his neck and poured bleach over him while yelling racist and homophobic slurs on a Chicago street.

The 36-year-old actor, best known for his role on the Twentieth Century Fox Television hip-hop drama “Empire,” was charged in February with staging the incident himself and filing a false police report.

In a stunning move on Tuesday, prosecutors dropped all charges against Smollett, angering police who had not been told of the decision ahead of time.

Chicago’s Fraternal Order of Police organized the protest, arranging for three buses to bring members from the city’s South and North sides, said Kevin Graham, president of a local chapter of the police union.

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“We are here to let people know that we want justice in Cook County,” Graham said.

Foxx recused herself from the case before charges were filed against Smollett because of conversations she had about the incident with one of Smollett’s relatives, according to her spokesman.

In an interview with Chicago’s ABC7-TV last week, Foxx side-stepped questions over whether she personally believed Smollett was guilty.

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“I think this office, based on (the) charging decisions, believed that he is culpable of doing that,” Foxx said, referring to accusations that Smollett staged the attack and lied to police.

A group of protesters supporting Foxx held a rally in close proximity to the anti-Foxx demonstration. Chicago police officers on bicycles separated the two groups. The tension between the groups got testy at times, with some pushing and shoving. No arrests were reported.

Supporters of Foxx, who is also African-American, were partly organized by Jessie Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH Coalition. They were upset with what they called the police union’s selective outrage — saying it stayed silent when Laquan McDonald, 17, was killed by police in 2014.

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Police officer Jason Van Dyke, who is white, was sentenced in January to nearly seven years in prison for shooting the black teenager.

Reporting by Bob Chiarito in Chicago; writing by Brendan O’Brien; editing by Bill Tarrantand Leslie Adler

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MSNBC’s Joy Reid names every Trump-loving evangelical leader who refused to take her call on Trump’s ‘chosen one’ claim

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On Saturday, in conversation with Muslim political commentator Dean Obeidallah, MSNBC's Joy Reid castigated evangelical conservatives for their silence on President Donald Trump anointing himself "the chosen one" and retweeting a radio host who compared him to the second coming of Jesus Christ.

"Dean, we reached out to a bunch of people," said Reid. "I wanted to know — I grew up in the church. The idea of somebody declaring themselves the next coming of God or the King of Israel, which is what the Romans used to belittle Jesus before they executed him for defying the Roman emperor — Now Trump saying it's a joke, it's apostasy. We reached out to Franklin Graham, Ralph Reed, Focus on the Family, Jerry Falwell Jr., Vice President Mike Pence, and the RNC. We got no response at all. We had Pat Robertson, who declined to comment."

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Trump snaps at media for reporting on his ‘chosen one’ comment — and not knowing he was trying to be funny

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Donald Trump broke his embargo on talking about his highly-derided claim that he is the "chosen one," claiming the media should be able to tell when he is being funny or not.

In two tweets from France where he is attending the G7 conference, Trump called reporting on his claim of divinity "fake news."

"When I looked up to the sky and jokingly said 'I am the chosen one,' at a press conference two days ago, referring to taking on Trade with China, little did I realize that the media would claim that I had a 'Messiah complex.'" he wrote. "They knew I was kidding, being sarcastic, and just....having fun. I was smiling as I looked up and around. The MANY reporters with me were smiling also. They knew the TRUTH...And yet when I saw the reporting, CNN, MSNBC and other Fake News outlets covered it as serious news & me thinking of myself as the Messiah. No more trust! "

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Green activists will march through the town of Bayonne in the southwest of France on Sunday on the margins of the G7 summit, carrying stolen portraits of French President Emmanuel Macron. But what’s behind one of the G7’s more unusual protests?

As world leaders gather in Biarritz in the French Basque country this weekend for the annual G7 summit, a few miles away in Bayonne French citizens will be marching through the streets, proudly carrying aloft photos of their country’s leader.

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