Chicago police plans to protest at prosecutor’s office over Jussie Smollett case
The Chicago police union has announced a protest over the felony charges being dropped against Jussie Smollett.
The Chicago Police Department is planning a protest on Monday in front of the Cook's County prosecutor's office in regards to the Jussie Smollett case.
The Chicago Police Department along with Chicago’s mayor has launched a smear campaign and have planned a protest to denounce actor Jussie Smollett.
The Advocate, reports that the campaign that began online will now be taken to the streets. The police union representing the Chicago Police Department has announced a protest will take place on Monday at the Cook County prosecutor’s office as pleas for a federal interjection into the case continues to intensify.
“We are interested in having the federal authorities look into what occurred here because we’re baffled by what has happened,” Kevin Graham, president of the Fraternal Order of Police, told Fox News (“America’s Newsroom”) prior to the protest being announced on the union’s Facebook page.
The Grio previously reported, Chicago officials are so disgruntled because they believe Smollett set up a racist and homophobic violent attack against himself back in January and is indeed guilty.
Chicago’s Mayor Rahm Emanuel immediately spoke to the press on Tuesday once the decision was made public, stating that it was a “whitewash of justice.” Superintendent Eddie Johnson also called the “city’s top cop”, restated that Smollett was guilty as well.
Emanuel claims the city has racked up a bill during the investigation for the “hoax” that occurred after the actor alleged that he was attacked by two masked men on Jan.29.
“The finance piece is a piece of it,” Emanuel said to reporters Thursday morning. “It is an acknowledgment of what you did is wrong.”
Not only has Chicago’s top dogs chimed in on the matter but also, President Donald Trump believes the Empire actor should be held accountable for the crime he no longer holds charges for. Trump took to twitter saying, “FBI & DOJ to review the outrageous Jussie Smollett case in Chicago. It is an embarrassment to our Nation!”.
FBI & DOJ to review the outrageous Jussie Smollett case in Chicago. It is an embarrassment to our Nation!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 28, 2019
—President Trump tweets FBI to review Jussie Smollett’s case—
Emanuel who served as former President Obama’s chief-of-staff for a year and believed Hilary Clinton would win the 2016 presidential race, he seems to agree with President Trump on this matter, which may shock a lot of Chicagoans, although Emanuel has instructed Trump, to “stay out of it.”
Although the city has a democratic mayor, the police union in Chicago made an official endorsement for Trump as president while he was a candidate in 2016. During his campaign, Trump supported police officers in having “more authority” after many high profile police shootings in Chicago made officers feel as if they couldn’t do their jobs without facing public retaliation, Emanuel said.
The union made sure to tell the public they were aligning their endorsement with the world’s largest police union, National Fraternal Order of Police, who faced backlash for also supporting Trump.
The news of Smollett’s case dismissal shocked the city of Chicago since many felt that he had committed a hate crime against himself in order to gain money and status.
“It’s Mr. Smollett who committed this hoax,” Superintendent Johnson angrily said, immediately after being told of the decision. “Period.”
Smollett’s attorney said this was the “right” decision by the state. All records dealing with the matter have since been sealed. All filings against no longer exist, according to prosectors, and he no longer faces the possibility of serving time.
First Assistant State’s Attorney Joseph Magats said, “We work to prioritize violent crime and the drivers of violent crime. Public safety is our number one priority,” he said. “I don’t see Jussie Smollett as a threat to public safety.”
—Cook County prosecutor Kim Foxx defends a decision to drop charges in Jussie Smollett case—
Smollett has spoken about the matter briefly since Tuesday saying he was “100 percent consistent” in his story.“I want you to know that not for a moment was it in vain,” Smollett said to supporters as he left the cook county courthouse. “I’ve been truthful and consistent on every single level since day one.”
The FBI is said to be still investigating the hate letters sent to Smollett prior to the violent incident. Many of his nay sayers hope this will bring new felony charges and a trial that may possibly mirror what the first case should have.