The Chicago Police and Mayor Rahm Emmanuel are furious over the dropped charges in the Jussie Smollett case. In a press conference, with heated rhetoric, they called for a federal investigation into the matter. Mayor Rahl casted serious doubt on the state’s actions, saying it was “not on the level.”, and ferociously went after Smollett’s immediate declaration of innocence.
“How dare him? How dare him?” Rahm said.
“This is a person now who has been let off scot-free with no sense of accountability of the moral and ethical wrong of his actions,” Emanuel said.
He admonished Smollett for “using hate crime laws that are on the books to protect people who are minorities from violence” only to “turn around and use those laws to advance your career and financial reward.”
“Is there no decency in this man?” the mayor said.
Speaking to reporters earlier today, Smollett had declared himself, again, innocent and described his actions as “truthful.”
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“I have been truthful and consistent on every single level since day one,” he said. “I would not be my mother’s son if I was capable of one drop of what I’ve been accused of.”
The Mayor said Jussie Smollett used the law for his own benefit, and it hurts future victims of hate crimes.
“He used the laws of the hate crime association that all of us through the years have put on the books to stand up to be the values that embody what we believe in,” Emanuel said. “This is a whitewash of justice. A grand jury could not have been clearer.”
Rahm also compared the case to the recent college admissions scam. You will recall that the Department of Justice accused wealthy families of bribing college coaches and admissions officials to get their children into schools.
“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,” Mayor Emmanuel said. “In another way, you’re seeing this play out in universities where people pay extra to get their kids a special position in universities. Now you have a person, because of their position and background who is getting treated in a way that nobody else would ever…”
Chicago police superintendent Eddie Johnson also expressed his disappointment.
“Do I think justice was served? No. What do I think justice is? I think this city is still owed an apology,” he said.
Johnson, who’s been an officer for 31 years, suggested Smollett’s attorneys brokered a deal.
“I’ve heard that they wanted their day in court with TV cameras so America could know the truth and know they tried to hide behind secrecy to broker a deal to circumvent the judicial system,” he said.
Chicago’s police union is calling for a federal investigation into the Cook County State’s Attorney’s actions in the Jussie Smollett case.
Three days after Smollett claimed he was attacked, Kim Foxx asked Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson to turn the case over to the FBI.
The request came after Foxx exchanged text messages and emails with relatives and a supporter of Smollett, who said they were worried about leaks in the investigation.
Foxx later recused herself from the case.
The FOP wants federal investigators to determine whether Foxx broke the law.