Chicago police: Smollett used racism to get a pay raise

February 21, 2019


Feb 21, 2019. Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said Jussie Smollett, 36, orchestrated a hoax involving two “bogus” hate crimes, one involving an alleged attack, and one involving a threatening letter, all in order to get a pay raise.

Johnson said, “He took advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career,” “Why would anyone, especially an African-American man, use the symbolism of a noose to make false accusations? How could someone look at the hatred and suffering associated with that symbol?”

In Smollett’s “Good Morning America” interview on ABC, Smollett teared up. Smollett said the attackers yelled, “This is MAGA country,” during the attack. “I have to acknowledge the lies, and the hate. And it feels like if I had said it was a Muslim, or a Mexican, or someone black, I feel like the doubters would have supported me much more. A lot more.” “You do such a disservice when you lie about things like this,” said Smollett.

When details of Mr. Smollett’s alleged assault were released by police last month, celebrities and other high-profile figures rallied around him – some seizing on the apparently racist and homophobic nature of the alleged attack or the reported invocation of Trump’s “Make America Great Again” campaign slogan.
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Several politicians initially spoke out in support of Smollett but have since adjusted their stances, including Democratic Sens. Cory Booker of New Jersey and Kamala Harris of California. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., deleted a tweet that referred to the alleged attack as “an affront to our humanity.” However, others are referring to the Laquan McDonald shooting as reason that the Chicago PD cannot be trusted.

Johnson said Smollett paid two men $3,500 to help him stage the fake attack after a crude, threatening letter he sent to the “Empire” set in Chicago failed to get attention. The actor has been charged with felony disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false police report. Smollett turned himself in and was arrested. Smollett and his attorneys have released no statements since he turned himself in, but his attorneys previously promised an “aggressive defense.”

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