The case of Jussie Smollett’s hate crime hoaxes is infuriating in and of itself, but now that the actor’s case has been dismissed, the frustration is beyond reproach.
Smollett was accused, with evidence from the Chicago Police Department, of paying two men to “assault” him using racial and homophobic slurs. According to authorities, this hoax was perpetrated by Smollett for the sole purpose of increasing his visibility in the media, therefore leading to the ability to demand a bigger paycheck.
So not only did Smollett commit the only crime more heinous than a hate crime itself, he did so in the name of greed and gluttony.
Just today it was announced that Smollett’s charges had been dropped, with the actor quickly taking to the airwaves to proclaim his innocence.
Did SCOTUS make the right decision on medical mandates for large businesses?
Authorities in Chicago are livid.
Speaking at a press conference with the equally enraged Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie T. Johnson on Tuesday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel insisted repeatedly that Smollett was guilty of staging a hoax attack on January 29 and that he did it for a raise.
He slammed Assistant State’s Attorney Joe Magats decision to drop the 16 felony charges Smollett was hit with by a grand jury, a move he said he took because Smollett is not a ‘violent threat’ to the community.
The Mayor did not mince his words one bit:
‘Without a doubt this is a whitewash of justice and sends a clear message that if you are in a position of influence and power, you’ll be treated one way.
‘It is wrong,’ Mayor Emanuel said.
Emanuel was sure to blast the actor for again sullying the name of the Chicago Police Department as well, who have long insisted that the attack was staged based on evidence gleaned during the investigation and subsequent confessions.
Become an insider!
Sign up for our free email newsletter, and we'll make sure to keep you in the loop.