An angry Chicago mayor and police superintendent spoke highly critically of the prosecution’s decision to drop all 16 charges against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and police superintendent Eddie Johnson both expressed outrage that the criminal case against Smollett was dropped, saying they believe Smollett has responsibility for allegedly staging a hate crime against himself.
“This is a whitewash of justice. A grand jury could not have been clearer,” Emanuel said, according to ABC 6 News, noting that the grand jury indicted Smollett based on police evidence Smollett had falsified reports.
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“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,” Emanuel told reporters. “Our officers did hard work day in and day out, countless hours working to unwind what actually happened that night …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.”
Johnson said at the news conference he was sure Smollett was guilty of orchestrating a hoax hate crime.
“At the end of the day it was Smollett who committed this hoax,” Johnson said, according to Fox News.