It was revealed on Tuesday (March 26) that all 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct/filing a false police report that were filed against Jussie Smollett, would be dropped. While many people voiced their opinion on social media, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel held a press conference to share his opinion on the matter and he is not happy about the outcome.
“I support the hard work of our police officers,” the Mayor began. “I’d like to remind everybody a grand jury indicted this individual based on only a piece of the evidence that the police had collected in that period of time. So a grand jury actually brought the charges.”
The Mayor gave three points about the information that was revealed this morning.
“One, on financial costs, this ten thousand dollars does not even come close to what the city spent in resources to look over the camera, gather all the data, gather all the information that actually brought the indictment by the grand jury.
“Second, is what I would call the ethical cost. This is a whitewash of justice. A grand jury could not have been clearer. To then say, not only is the cost, ten thousand dollars doesn’t come close financially, but all the other repercussions of this decision it made to me, where is the accountability in the system? You cannot have because of a person’s position, one set of rules apply to them, and another set of rules apply to everybody else.”
He went on to say, “Our officers did hard work, day in and day out, countless hours working to unwind what actually happened that night. A piece of that work was shown to a grand jury and they made the decision based on a sliver of that evidence. Because of the judge’s decision, none of that evidence will ever be made public. None of it. This is without a doubt a whitewash of justice and sends a clear message that if you’re in a position of influence and power, you will get treated one way, other people will be treated another way. There is no accountability in the system. It is wrong, full stop.
“This is an unbelievable, not just whitewash of justice, this is a person who was let off scot-free with no sense of accountability of the moral and ethical wrong of his actions from top to bottom.”
But all of us regular folk knew that already.
Jussie was charged with 16 counts of filing a false police report when he allegedly lied to police about being attacked by two men on January 29. The men allegedly beat Jussie, poured bleach on him, put a noose around his neck and yelled this is MAGA county, in reference to President Trumps slogan Make America Great Again.
After an investigations took place, the police questioned persons of interest, brothers Olabinjo (Ola) and Abimbola (Abel) Osundairo. That’s when the story took a turn and the police had “new evidence” that switched their attention toward Jussie. The brothers were released without charges and brought in for questioning and were cooperating with police, by testifying in front of a grand jury for over 2 hours.