Chicago PD, Rahm Emanuel Astonished After Jussie Smollett’s 16 Felony Charges Dropped

Many figures in Chicago expressed profound disappointment in the decision to decline prosecution against Smollett.


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  • Chicago Police Department Superintendent Eddie Johnson and Mayor Rahm Emanuel expressed confusion and regret after learning Cook County prosecutors agreed to drop the 16 felony charges against actor Jussie Smollett.
  • First Assistant State Attorney Joseph Magats asserted the decision to drop the charges against Smollett was a pragmatic one rooted in conservation of resources, and that he believes Smollett is guilty.
  • Rahm Emanuel proclaimed the decision a “whitewash of justice.”

Jussie Smollett maintains his absolute innocence, and repeated in his press conference Tuesday that he has been completely truthful in his account.

CPD Superintendent Eddie Johnson stated that “justice was not served,” and added “[t]hey chose to hide behind secrecy and broker a deal to circumvent the judicial system.”

The police chief expressed his regret over the fact that valuable personnel, time, and resources that could have been used to investigate rampant violent crime in Chicago were devoted to investigating Smollett’s allegation.


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