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Chicago PD Superintendent: ‘Jussie Smollett Took Advantage of the Pain and Anger of Racism to Promote his Career’

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson delivered a scathing condemnation of Jussie Smollett on Thursday as he and his associates held a press conference on the Empire actor’s arrest.

Smollett was arrested today under suspicion that he filed a false police report by faking a politically-charged hate crime against himself. Johnson tore into Smollett as he went through the police department’s findings on the alleged assault, saying the actor “took advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career.

Johnson determined that Smollett’s recent behavior was motivated “because he was dissatisfied with his salary” on Empire. The superintendent went on to express how he was personally “offended” and “angry” with Smollett’s false attack, saying the “publicity stunt” will cause unfair skepticism for legitimate victims of actual hate crimes.

“To put the national spotlight on Chicago for something that is both egregious and untrue is simply shameful. I am also concerned about what this means moving forward for hate crimes. Now of course, the Chicago Police Department will continue to investigate all reports of these types of events with the same amount of vigor that we did with this one. My concern is that hate crimes while now publicly be met with the level of skepticism that previously didn’t happen.”

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