Chicago police have launched hours of footage regarding their Jussie Smollett investigation.
The cache of footage embody cops’ preliminary interplay with Smollett moments after he was allegedly attacked by two white males sporting MAGA hats. In police physique cam footage, Smollett (his face blurred) will be seen with a rope round his neck. When an officer asks him if he needs to take the rope off, Smollett responds, “Yeah, however I simply wished you all to see it.” Later, Smollett asks if the officers can flip off their physique cams: “I don’t wish to be filmed,” he says.
Right here is the opposite officers physique cam footage. #JussieSmollett #CPD. pic.twitter.com/IPl5alrVbI
— Rafer Weigel (@RaferWeigel) June 24, 2019
One other video launched by police exhibits Smollett’s alleged co-conspirators, the Osundairo brothers, in a taxi earlier than arriving on the scene of the alleged assault.
Video from inside taxi of Osundairo brother’s on their approach to meet Jussie Smollett night time of reported assault..based on CPD@cbschicago pic.twitter.com/kYbUcoiwi5
— Charlie De Mar (@CharlieDeMar) June 24, 2019
In March, the previous Empire actor was indicted on 16 counts of disorderly conduct regarding allegations that he lied to police about being the sufferer of a hate crime. Following a prolonged investigation, Chicago police concluded that Smollett orchestrated his personal assault in an effort to extend his notoriety within the leisure trade and safe a bigger wage on Empire. Nevertheless, in a controversial choice, prosecutors later agreed to drop all fees in opposition to Smollett in trade for group service and the forfeiture of his $10,000 bond.
Former Chicago mayor Rham Emanuel referred to as the state’s lawyer’s actions a “whitewash of justice,” and subsequently despatched Smollett a invoice for the price of the investigation ($130,000). When Smollett refused to pay the invoice, town filed a civil swimsuit in opposition to him.
Final week, a particular prosecutor was appointed to re-examine Smollett’s case and the circumstances surrounding his plea deal.