DAILYKENN.com --Charges were dropped against Jesse Smollett. The actor was accused of faking a hate crime.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel cricized the decision. Emanuel eluded to Smollett's privileged celebrity status as the reason. "You cannot have – because of a person's position – one set of rules applies to them and another set of rules apply to everyone else," he said according to Fox News.
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• Chicago's police department also criticized the District Attorney for dropping the charges.
• Ann Coulter slammed the prosecutor, saying, "Kim Foxx, the Chicago prosecutor who dropped Jussie Smollett charges was put there by George Soros."
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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel stood shoulder-to-shoulder with his city's police force Tuesday afternoon, denouncing prosecutors for dropping charges against "Empire" star Jussie Smollett and slamming the episode as a "whitewash of justice."
Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson and Emanuel said they were not only furious with the outcome of Tuesday's surprise hearing but also blindsided by the decision itself, with the officials only learning Smollett wouldn't face charges for allegedly faking a hate crime at the same time the public found out.
"Where is the accountability in the system? You cannot have – because of a person's position – one set of rules applies to them and another set of rules apply to everyone else," Emanuel said. "Our officers did hard work day in and day out, countless hours working to unwind what actually happened that night. The city saw its reputation dragged through the mud...It's not just the officers' work, but the work of the grand jury that made a decision based on only a sliver of the evidence [presented]. Because of the judge's decision, none of that evidence will ever be made public."
He added: "[This case] sends a clear message that if you're in a position of influence and power you'll be treated one way and if you're not you'll be treated another way."
Johnson slammed the prosecution for not consulting with cops and hinted the episode could further strain the relationship between the department and the DA.
"I don't know what's unusual for the state's attorney but we found out about when you all did," Johnson said. "Prosecutors have their discretion of course, we still have to work with the state's attorneys office -- We'll have conversations after this."
But Johnson made sure to add, unequivocally: "At the end of the day it was Smollett who committed this hoax."
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