Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said he was not only furious with the outcome of Tuesday’s surprise hearing but also blindsided by the decision itself, saying that officials only learned Smollett wouldn’t face charges for allegedly faking a hate crime at the same time the public found out.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel was visibly furuious over the shock [corrupt] decision asking, “Where is the accountability in the system? You cannot have – because of a person’s position – one set of rules applies to them and another set of rules apply to everyone else.”
“Our officers did hard work day in and day out, countless hours working to unwind what actually happened that night. The city saw its reputation dragged through the mud. It’s not just the officers’ work, but the work of the grand jury that made a decision based on only a sliver of the evidence [presented]. Because of the judge’s decision, none of that evidence will ever be made public.”
“This case sends a clear message that if you’re in a position of influence and power you’ll be treated one way and if you’re not you’ll be treated another way,” Emanuel also said.
Meantime, First Assistant State’s Attorney Joseph Magats told reporters he still believed Smollett filed a false police report. He said prosecutors “stand behind the investigation and the facts,” adding, “this was not an exoneration.”
Chicago Police Department’s (CPD) spokesman Anthony Guglielmi praised detectives Tuesday, but had some harsh words over “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett’s dropped charges for making up a hate crime, Daily Caller reports.
“Chicago police detectives did an excellent investigation and their work was reaffirmed by an independent grand jury who brought 16 criminal counts,” Guglielmi tweeted Tuesday. “In our experience, innocent individuals don’t forget bond & perform community service in exchange for dropped charges.”
Chicago police detectives did an excellent investigation and their work was reaffirmed by an independent grand jury who brought 16 criminal counts. In our experience, innocent individuals don't forget bond & perform community service in exchange for dropped charges. https://t.co/P9rsvUMwwZ
— Anthony Guglielmi (@AJGuglielmi) March 26, 2019
Guglielmi’s remarks follow prosecutors’ statement that the outcome was an “appropriate resolution” due to Smollett’s volunteer service and agreement to forfeit his bond to Chicago, CNN reported.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Smollett used the law for personal gains, calling it a “whitewash of justice” during a press conference Tuesday.
Smollett said he was telling the truth throughout the entire process to reporters after the court appearance Tuesday.
“I have been truthful and consistent on every single level since day one,” Smollett said, CNN reported. “I would not be my mother’s son if I was capable of one drop of what I’ve been accused of.”
Smollett reported that he was attacked, doused with an unknown chemical substance and had a rope tied around his neck by two men who yelled “This is MAGA (Make America Great Again) country” at him on Jan. 29.
Police, however, classified Smollett as a suspect Feb. 20 for reportedly filing a false police report.
Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, who recused herself from Smollett’s case, previously asked Johnson to let the FBI investigate Smollett’s alleged attack after the former chief of staff to former first lady Michelle Obama reportedly contacted Foxx to inform her that Smollett’s family had concerns about the probe, Fox News reported.
The Chicago Fraternal Order of Police President Kevin Graham then alleged that Foxx had illegally interfered with the investigation into Smollett’s alleged crime. Graham reportedly wrote to the Justice Department to investigate whether Foxx herself broke any laws related to the probe.
Obama- nuff said…
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