CHICAGO’S mayor has criticised the decision to drop all charges against Jussie Smollett.
The Empire actor was facing 16 felony counts for filing a false police report, after he claimed that he was attacked and beaten by two masked men shouting racist slurs at him in January, but the case was closed on Tuesday after he agreed to forfeit his bond, much to the unhappiness of local officials.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel branded the decision a “whitewash of justice”.
He fumed, “From top to bottom, this is not on the level. At the end of the day, it’s Smollett that committed this false claim.This is a whitewash of justice.”
And the local police department admitted they were “blindsided” by the decision to drop the charges, which was made “based on all the facts and circumstances” and “based on his lack of criminal background”, and because the 36-year-old actor would likely only receive community service as punishment, something he’s already completed.
First Assistant State’s Attorney Joe Magats denied the mayor’s claims, but insisted Jussie had “not been exonerated” and dismissed the actor had not been a “victim”.
He told NBC Chicago, “This is not a whitewash of justice.
“This is a disposition in a felony case that is available on felony cases of this level. It’s available to all defendants. It’s not something out of privilege; it’s not something out of clout.”
And Magats doesn’t feel “justice was served” with the decision, which was also made in connection with Chicago’s focus being on violent crime. – BANG!