Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson slammed city officials Tuesday after prosecutors abruptly decided to drop all felony charges against ‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett for allegedly staging a fake hate crime.
“Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson and Emanuel said they were not only furious with the outcome of Tuesday’s surprise hearing but also blindsided by the decision itself, with the officials only learning Smollett wouldn’t face charges for allegedly faking a hate crime at the same time the public found out,” reports Fox News.
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“I don’t know what’s unusual for the state’s attorney but we found out about when you all did,” Johnson said. “Prosecutors have their discretion of course, we still have to work with the state’s attorneys office — We’ll have conversations after this.”
“At the end of the day it was Smollett who committed this hoax,” he added.
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SMOLLETT SURRENDERS: Jussie Smollett Arrested in Chicago on Felony Charges
‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett is “under arrest and in the custody” of Chicago law enforcement Thursday morning; surrendering to police after felony charges were filed that claimed he knowingly filed a false police report and lied to investigators regarding a potential hate crime.
“Smollett was charged just hours after he was ‘officially classified as a suspect in a criminal investigation’ for allegedly ‘filing a false police report’ in connection with his Jan. 29 attack claims, police said. The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office approved the ‘Disorderly Conduct / Filing a False Police Report’ charges,” reports Fox News.
Press Briefing: Jussie Smollet is under arrest and in custody of detectives. At 9am at #ChicagoPolice Headquarters, Supt Eddie Johnson, Commander of Area Central Detectives Edward Wodnicki will brief reporters on the investigation prior to the defendants appearance in court. pic.twitter.com/9PSv8Ojec2
— Anthony Guglielmi (@AJGuglielmi) February 21, 2019
“Jussie Smollett is under arrest and in custody of detectives. At 9am at #ChicagoPolice Headquarters, Supt Eddie Johnson, Commander of Area Central Detectives Edward Wodnicki will brief reporters on the investigation prior to the defendants appearance in court,” confirmed the Communications Officer with the Chicago Police Department.
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BREAKING: Prosecutors Drop ALL CHARGES Against ‘Empire’ Star Jussie Smollett
Prosecutors in Chicago dropped all charges against ‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett Tuesday morning; ending all proceedings over allegations he intentionally staged a “hate crime” just months ago.
“Calling himself a man of faith ‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett said Tuesday that he felt vindicated after the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office said it would drop all charges against him,” reports Fox News.
“Not for a moment was it in vain. I’ve been truthful and consistent on every level since day one,” he said. “I would not be my mother’s son if I was capable of one drop of what I was accused of. “
“It’s unclear at this time why the court decided not to proceed with prosecution, but the former ‘Empire’ star is expected to give a statement after he leaves the courthouse later today,” adds Fox.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.