Chicago Mayor Emanuel and Police Superintendent Shred Jussie Smollett Decision: A ‘Whitewash of Justice’

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson gave a joint statement on Tuesday strongly denouncing the news that prosecutors are dropping charges against Empire actor Jussie Smollett.

Johnson started the presser by expressing his doubts that justice was served now that Smollett’s record will be wiped clean of his alleged staging of a hate crime against himself.

“If someone accused me of doing anything, I would want my day in court to clear my name,” Johnson said. “I’ve heard that they wanted their day in court with TV cameras so America could know the truth, but now they chose to hide behind secrecy and broker a deal to circumvent the judicial system…I stand behind the detective’s investigation.”

Emanuel followed the superintendent, expressing support to the police for their handling Smollett’s case throughout the indictment process. He continued by slamming the actor for wasting police resources and casting real hate crimes in doubt by staging one to boost his own profile.

“This is a whitewash of justice,” Emanuel said. “A grand jury could not have been clearer.”

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