Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has spoken out after the State Attorney’s office dropped the charges against Jussie Smollett on Tuesday.
The city of Chicago’s mayor criticized the SA’s decision after the state dropped all charges against Smollett over the alleged hoax attack. “Is there no decency in this man?” asked Emanuel, per Deadline. “He took those laws and turned them inside out and upside down.”
A similar sentiment was shared by Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, who tweeted plenty of updates during the development of the case. “Do I think justice was served?” asked Johnson. “No. And I think this city is still owed an apology.”
Chief Communications Officer Anthony Guglielmi also chimed in. “Chicago police detectives did an excellent investigation and their work was reaffirmed by an independent Grand Jury who brought 16 criminal counts,” he argued. “In our experience, innocent individuals don’t forget bond and perform community service in exchange for dropped charges.”
Emanuel was even angrier when he appeared on CNN on Tuesday night, with Deadline reporting he eviscerated Smollett during an appearance with anchor Wolf Blitzer.
“Here is my basic anger. There is no sense from this person who now, the state’s attorney said, committed the crime, or actually the hoax,” Emanuel told Blitzer.
‘But he’s walking around like he’s exonerated, with no sense of remorse or contrition… He gets off with two days of community service,” he continued, declaring Smollett’s behaviour to be an “abomination.”
“He used those [anti-hate crime] laws and those sentiments that bind us together as a society, to promote his own career, and then he’s walking around as if he’s done nothing wrong,” he continued, blasting Smollett’s alleged attack as “a hoax.”
“He went out and spoke on ABC to the country, as an African-American and a gay man, about being the victim of a crime… It was all a hoax and a moral violation,” he added.
“He used the hate crime laws to advance his own career and he got caught,” said Emanuel. “This is what is upsetting people in the city and around the country. He has one law, or standard of accountability, and everybody else get another. That’s wrong.”
Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office elaborated on the case in a statement obtained by ET Canada, expressly noting Smollett was not exonerated. “In the last two years, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office has referred more than 5,700 cases for alternative prosecution,” said the Attorney’s office. “This is not a new or unusual practice.”
“An alternative disposition does not mean that there were any problems or infirmities with the case or the evidence,” the statement continued. “We stand behind the Chicago Police Department’s investigation and our decision to approve charges in this case. We did not exonerate Mr. Smollett.”
“The charges were dropped in return for Mr. Smollett’s agreement to do community service and forfeit his $10,000 bond to the City of Chicago. Without the completion of these terms, the charges would not have been dropped. This outcome was met under the same criteria that would occur for and is available to any defendant with similar circumstances,” it concluded.
ABC 7 Chicago confirmed Smollett did community service in exchange for having the charges against him dropped.
Smollett’s lawyers confirmed earlier Tuesday that the 36-year-old “Empire” actor’s record has been “wiped clean.”