Chicago Police Call Out Liberals Pushing Smollett Hoax
At police headquarters, Superintendent Eddie Johnson briefed reporters on the status of the department's investigation.
During the press conference, Johnson chastized celebrities, the mainstream media, and Democratic presidential candidates for weighing in "on something that was choreographed by an actor."
The Wrap's Jon Levine reports:
“This announcement today recognized that ‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett took advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career,” Johnson continued, adding that the star had staged the attack because he was unhappy with his salary on the Fox show.
“I am left hanging my head asking ‘why?’ Why would anyone — especially an African American man — use the symbolism of a noose to make false accusation,” Johnson added. “Bogus police reports cause real harm. They do harm to every legitimate victim who is in need of support by police and investigators as well as the citizens of this city … I’m offended by what happened and I am also angry.”
In the weeks after the attack was reported, major journalists and Hollywood figures seized on the story to suggest the incident was reflective of a broader trend.
“This was an attempted modern day lynching. No one should have to fear for their life because of their sexuality or color of their skin. We must confront this hate,” Sen. Kamala Harris said at the time.
.@JussieSmollett is one of the kindest, most gentle human beings I know. I’m praying for his quick recovery.— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) January 29, 2019
This was an attempted modern day lynching. No one should have to fear for their life because of their sexuality or color of their skin. We must confront this hate.
Superintendent Johnson's harsh criticism continued.
Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson: "I just wish that the families of gun violence in this city got this much attention, because that's who really deserves the amount of attention that we're giving to this particular incident." https://t.co/5AiMcfe6iH pic.twitter.com/Xy5yYUTTJg— ABC News (@ABC) February 21, 2019
Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson on Smollett arrest: "Bogus police reports cause real harm. They do harm to every legitimate victim who's in need of support by police." https://t.co/d7l0Zfudcc pic.twitter.com/Hj4kgd7M6T— ABC News (@ABC) February 21, 2019
Johnson added that investigators believe the threatening letter Smollett supposedly received was faked as well. (RELATED: FBI Now Investigating Jussie Smollett)
Superintendent Eddie Johnson says “First, Smollett attempted to gain attention by sending a false letter that relied on racial, homophobic and political language”. This is the FIRST public acknowledgment the threat letter might also be a hoax.— Rob Elgas (@RobElgasABC7) February 21, 2019
In a tough statement, Chicago police chief Eddie Johnson tells the press that Jesse Smollett’s earlier racist letter was also bogus. He further says Smollett felt he was not being paid enough.— Brit Hume (@brithume) February 21, 2019
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