Chicago’s Law Department gave Smollett one week to pay $130,000, and now plans to sue to recoup overtime costs.
In January 2019 Chicago launched an investigation that cost the city $130,000 after Jussie Smollett filed a false hate crime complaint. After all 16 counts against Smollett were dropped many Chicago officials were upset. They sent Smollett a bill to recoup the expenses and he refused to pay.
“Mr. Smollett has refused to reimburse the City of Chicago for the cost of police overtime spent investigating his false police report on Jan. 29, 2019,” the city said. “The Law Department is now drafting a civil complaint that will be filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County… The Law Department will file the suit in the near future. As part of this legal action, the Law Department will pursue the full measure of damages allowed under the ordinance.”
Even though Kevin Graham, president of the Chicago chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and other officials have been very vocal about Smollett’s deliberate plan and execution of the fake hate crime, Smollett has maintained his story of innocence.
Cook County prosecutors stunned Chicagoans and the rest of the country with news that they were dropping fake police report charges against Jussie Smollett. The fallout? Chicagoans, Americans for that matter, will doubtless feel bamboozled, used.
Many across America are extremely disappointed in the outcome of the Jussie Smollett case. But Chicago seems to be very upset and angry over it.
After State’s Attorney Kim Foxx makes errors of judgment that lead her to recuse herself, after Chicago detectives expend thousands of man hours doing meticulous work, after police Superintendent Eddie Johnson excoriates Smollett publicly for dragging the city’s name through the mud, after Foxx’s prosecutors take the case before a grand jury, after the grand jurors indict Smollett on 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct … after all that, Cook County prosecutors shock Chicagoans and the rest of the country on Tuesday with news that they’re dropping all charges against Smollett.
Many feel that Smollett has not been held accountable for his actions. This type of action is very dangerous in America. It gives people permission to lie about cases and get away with it. And falsely reporting a hate crime without consequences is unacceptable.
“This is a whitewash of justice,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel told reporters, with Johnson at his side. “Where is the accountability in the system? You cannot have, because of a person’s position, one set of rules apply to them and another set of rules apply to everybody else.”
Meanwhile, Jussie Smollett is maintaining his innocence.
The Cook County State’s Attorney’s office will not be prosecuting Jussie Smollett, who was previously accused of faking an anti-black, anti-gay hate crime in Chicago in order to drum up publicity for his role on the TV drama “Empire,” Fox News has learned.
Breaking!! Jussie Smollett who was accused of lying and filing a fake hate crime has had all charges against him dropped. Even though there are witness testimonies, mail fraud, and video evidence all charges are dismissed and the case is sealed.
It’s unclear at this time why the court decided not to proceed with prosecution, but the former “Empire” star is expected to give a statement after he leaves the courthouse later today.
Previously, Smollett pleaded not guilty to all the charges. This week Smollett was called in for an emergency court hearing where the judge announced all charges against him would be dropped. It is unclear why they were dropped.
Doubt was cast on the open-and-shut nature of the case when Fraternal Order of Police President Kevin Graham wrote the Justice Department following reports that Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx asked Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson to let the FBI investigate Smollett’s allegations that he was attacked by two masked men after the former chief of staff to former first lady Michelle Obama allegedly informed Foxx that Smollett’s family had concerns about the probe.
According to local reports, Johnson was blindsided by Tuesday’s events and is expected to address the situation later in the day.
Smollett attorneys Tina Glandian and Patricia Brown Holmes said in a statement that Smollett’s record “has been wiped clean.”
Questions as to why the FBI wanted to handle the case and then all charges are dropped should be investigated.
Many are taking to social media to voice their outrage.
Empire actor Jussie Smollett is now officially classified as a suspect in a criminal investigation for filing a false police report, according to Chicago police.
Empire’s Jussie Smollett is now a suspect in a criminal investigation on filing a false police report. If he is convicted he could get probation or up to 1.5 years in prison.
Today detectives presented evidence before Cook County Grand Jury. The two brothers that Smollett hired to stage the false attack were at the courthouse with their attorney.
What we know:
Smollett was behind the racist letter sent to the Empire set.
He didn’t get a big enough response to the letter to planned the staged “Hate Crime”.
The Osundairos brothers confessed they were paid $3500 each to be the “attackers.”
They are caught on camera at a Home Depot buying the rope for the lynching rope.
They are caught on camera at another location buying sky masks and a hat.
Brothers appeared in court today.
Smollett is expected to surrender and appear in bond court tomorrow at 1:30 pm.
Smollett’s attorney released this statement:
“Like any other citizen, Mr. Smollett enjoys the presumption of innocence, particularly when there has been an investigation like this one where information, both true and false, has been repeatedly leaked. Given these circumstances, we intend to conduct a thorough investigation and to mount an aggressive defense.”
Staging a hate crime to make fellow Americans look a certain way because you disagree with their political values is wrong. How can someone desire presumption of innocence when you have to stage a hate crime attack to create the idea that conservatives are guilty of being hateful.
Isn’t it a coincidence that Kamala Harris is trying to pass an anti-lynching bill, which there hasn’t been a reported “lynching” since 1981. Decades ago. Then all the sudden Smollett comes out with this “lynching” theme in is a report of a hate crime.
Perhaps this story will expose the level Democrats are willing to go to push the perception they want people to have of President Trump and his supporters.
On Friday, a Chicago prosecutor was suspended after he allegedly “failed to fully present the facts” concerning the death of Adam Toledo.
Early March 29, Chicago police received a call that people were shooting at moving vehicles. Cops responded to the Little Village neighborhood and came upon 21-year-old Ruden Roman and 13-year-old Toledo, both of whom officers said attempted to flee.
The video footage shows police tackled Roman, while another officer chased after Toledo. After chasing the teen down an alley while Toledo had a gun in his hand the entire time, the officer in pursuit believing this young man had just fired the weapon at vehicles on the road, the teenager then suddenly stopped and turned his body around to face the officer who yelled, “Show me your f***ing hands,” and then “Drop it!” before firing at Toledo. Of all the videos presented of this event, the only one that should matter is the one that shows Toledo still had the gun in his hand less than a second prior to being shot.
WGN-TV reported Toledo “appears to have dropped a gun and raised his hands just before a Chicago police officer fatally shot him.” There are degrees of “just before,” that could change this case dramatically.
The Chicago Sun-Times reported that one angle of body camera footage doesn’t show Toledo “throwing away the gun, and the boy doesn’t appear to be holding a weapon in his raised hands…but another video shows him apparently throwing something through a gap in the fence to the other side — and a video shows an officer discovering a handgun there.”
On Friday, Assistant State’s Attorney James Murphy was put on paid administrative leave after telling Judge Susana Ortiz that Toledo was holding a gun when police shot him.
“In court last week, an attorney in our office failed to fully present the facts surrounding the death of a 13-year-old boy,” a spokeswoman for State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, the same Kim Foxx who suddenly dropped all charges against actor/singer Jussie Smollett who set up a hate hoax crime, said. “We have put that individual on leave and are conducting an internal investigation into the matter.”
Murphy made the comments during a bond hearing for Roman, saying, “The officer tells Adam to drop it as Adam turns towards the officer. Adam has a gun in his right hand.” Murphy then told Judge Ortiz, “The officer fires one shot at Adam, striking him in the chest. The gun that Adam was holding landed against the fence a few feet away.”
That was wrong, but I do not believe it was done maliciously. After all, there are multiple versions of footage of what happened. Going back to the footage that shows Toledo had the weapon in his hand for what has been reported as just milliseconds prior to turning around to face the officer, he ditched the weapon, but the ditching was bladed off by Toledo’s body. The officer didn’t see it and that is a legitimate reason why the officer fired.
Sarah Sinovic, a spokeswoman for Foxx, said that not all of the footage that was released the day before was available to the prosecutor when he read the statement at Ruben’s bond hearing. Sinovic declined to say what footage actually was available then and who within the state’s attorney’s office had seen it.Strange how much press this shooting case gets out of Chicago.
“It’s still under investigation what videos were available to Murphy,” Sinovic said. “We’re still trying to figure out what he had access to when he made the statements in court.”
Foxx reportedly said in a letter, “For many of you it may have been jarring to see our statement regarding this matter. It is indeed a rarity to see the Office make such a public statement related to the actions of an [assistant state’s attorney]. It was not done lightly.”
As the bogus impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump begins this week, New York legislators are pushing to pass the “No Citizen is Above the Law” bill that is aimed at making it easy for Trump or any future president to avoid state prosecution if accused of a crime.
Of course, it all depends on an accuser’s definition of “wrongdoing” because that definition could change more often than your underwear in the Wokety Woke Woke world we now live in.
The bill was proposed by state Senator Michael Gianaris (D-Queens) and Assemblyman Nick Perry (D-Brooklyn) and it is determined to stop the statute of limitations so that an angry mob can go after a former president because the statute of limitations clock will be frozen in time during the years a president sits in office. Is it Constitutional? Probably not, but since when has that ever stopped a partisan Democrat?
During a president’s term, he is immune from arrest or prosecution no different from members of Congress when Congress is in session. This is based on a couple of Department of Justice (DOJ) memos from 1973 and 2000, both of which interpret the US Constitution, but both of which also have never been tested in the US Supreme Court.
Perry and Gianaris both argue that a president should not use the time they are in office to avoid prosecution because the statute of limitations expires. In other words, a rule that has been around since time began but is not appreciated for one man, in particular, shall not continue to stand.
“Any president who breaks the law should be held accountable without regard to the time they spend in office. As our nation prepares for an unprecedented second impeachment trial, we must close the loophole that allows Presidents to escape culpability by exploiting statutes of limitations due to Presidential immunity,” Gianaris said.
The New York Attorney General Letitia James, known for going after the NRA, because, well, obviously, and Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr. are looking into Trump’s businesses.
James not only $750,000 in public money that she didn’t need for her campaign back in 2017, but she spent $500,000 of it on Election Day itself when she dumped money she would otherwise have been obligated to return. James called the National Rifle Association a terrorist organization even though there is not an ounce of proof to say that.
In 2015 Vance refused to prosecute Harvey Weinstein despite having an audio file of the former Hollywood mogul admitting to sexual assault, but suddenly he became woke enough to want to go after Donald Trump for business dealings that if it goes the way everything else that’s been thrown at the man does will end up being absolutely nothing to the charges.
District attorneys in the United States have become corrupted by progressive politics. DAs like Kim Jong Foxx in Chicago who suddenly dropped all charges against hate crime hoaxer Jussie Smollett, Kim Jong Gardner who failed to go after the rioters who broke through a locked gate onto private property but went after the McCluskeys who defended themselves instead, and Larry Krasner who is a disaster in Philadelphia, most of them funded by George Soros who is hell-bent on having American laws relaxed or even thrown by the wayside by prosecutors no longer prosecuting for certain types of crimes but going after innocent people like the Mclusky’s in Missouri.
The bill is expected to pass the New York Senate this week and will be voted on in the Assembly at any time.
Alan Dershowitz, Constitutional law professor, and Trump legal advisor said that the law is more-than-likely legal, so long as they don’t freeze the statute of limitations on a criminal prosecution, which is precisely what the bill is designed to do.
Republican lawmakers have stood up and accused Perry and Gianaris of political showboating.
“This is just a pointless political headline-grab that’s out of their jurisdiction and ignores more pressing concerns happening right in front of their faces,” said Assemblyman Will Barclay (R-Syracuse).
“It’s unfortunate they’ve spent far less energy reining-in executive powers or issuing a subpoena to the sitting governor,” added Barclay, referring to Cuomo’s terrible job at handling the coronavirus on top of what many consider murder in the nursing home death scandal where the governor forced COVID-19 positive patients into nursing homes that caused a lot of deaths.
Where to begin, oh, where to begin? You’re just not going to believe this story, but it has to be told anyway.
First and foremost, this story is so crazy, and with a Philly media blackout, I want to mention that everything I write about here is to be prefaced with the word “allegedly.”
Philadelphia is in the news so much this week, because of Black Lives Matter (BLM) kicking Donald Trump’s reelection campaign into high gear. This story also ties directly into one of Joe Biden’s signature campaign issues; The “skyrocketing” murders of black transgender “women,” or, black men who feel the need to wear ugly prom dresses and their resume. It’s what creepy, sleep Joe cares about.
If that isn’t strange enough, the media doesn’t wish to touch this story with a ten-foot pole.
FAIR WARNING: This isn’t a warm and fuzzy family story you’re about to read.
The latest brouhaha in Philadelphia began after police failed to follow Joe Biden’s police reform recommendation. When a dangerous, psychotic criminal with a mile-long rap sheet attacked police with a knife, they didn’t shoot the man in the leg as Joe Biden will unconstitutionally order cops across the nation to do if he wins the election next week. No, they shot and killed him before he stabbed on of them.
The newest BLM martyr pled guilty to a home invasion robbery back in 2017 during which he kicked down a woman’s door and held a gun to her head. A real Biden voter. By 2020 he was already back in polite society. In fact, he was awaiting for another trial for threatening to shoot a woman when he had his fatal encounter with Philly police.
Why wasn’t this man in prison? Well, that’s because of Larry Krasner, the Philadelphia District Attorney, another George Soros-funded progressive DA where the billionaire radical leftist dumped buckets of money into his campaign to help him get elected. And like many Soros-backed DAs like Kim Foxx in Chicago who dropped over 25,000 cases in the first three years of her getting elected, and suddenly, out of nowhere, dropped all charges against hate-crime-hoaxer Jussie Smollett. Or Kim Gardner, the Circuit Attorney in St. Louis, Missouri who charged the McCloskeys for defending their home against a mob of rioters who broke through a locked gate and entered their property with the intent to do harm. In Philly’s Larry Krasner’s case, he lets criminals out of jail as often as he can, and only fights for minimal sentences for serious violent crimes committed against the very people he was elected to defend.
Thanks to the BLM summer lovefest that Joe Biden’s voters have put the country through, Philadelphia just had its 400th black-on-black homicide for the year with homicides spiking up 42 percent in Philadelphia this year under DA Larry Krasner’s catch-and-release policies. They even beat New York City out that has a whopping 30 percent homicide increase rate. I hope the voters in Philly are paying attention that a billionaire Nazi collaborator is running an experiment to the American justice system at their expense.
You might assume that while Philadelphia is in a state of war after BLM rioters injured over 30 police officers and rioters taking advantage of the “Walter Wallace Jr 100 Percent Discount” by looting stores that the DA’s office is working overtime in conjunction with the police department to help get control of the situation, but you couldn’t be more wrong.
One of Krasner’s staff is a man by the name of Devonte’ Douglass. Douglass just happens to be Philadelphia’s Gun Violence Counselor. Yes, things are so bad in thee City of Brotherly Love that they had to hire a gun violence counselor. He’s an anti gun guy who works for the DA’s office. He offers counseling services to family members who lose their loved ones resulting from DA Larry Krasner’s catch-and-release policies. 2020, the armpit of calendar years, has made Douglass a very busy man.
Nevertheless, Douglass wasn’t in the office on Tuesday at 10 am, even though he was being paid to be there by the Philadelphia taxpayers. Instead, Douglass picked up a black tranny (yeah, I said it) prostitute, drove him/her/ze/zer/it to a local cemetery (because that’s where we all go when we want to have sex with black transvestite Philadelphia hookers) and paid the man, the woman, the ze, the zer, it $500 for a bizarre sex act in the back of a Dodge Durango with the windows rolled down, doing things that did not involve social distancing or the wearing of masks.
After they concluded the fiduciary aspect of their transaction, the black trans “person” pulled out a .357 and demanded more cash from the city’s Gun Violence Counselor. The male prostitute then put the gun away and started to walk around to the front of the vehicle. That’s when the city’s very liberal, very anti-Second Amendment Gun Violence Counselor allegedly pulled out his Glock and plugged his weird “date” twice in the trans chest.
Despite the fact that he allegedly killed his date while the black trans “woman” was not pointing a gun at him, Douglass has not been charged with a crime. Philadelphia police revealed that this isn’t the first time that Douglass picked up a trans prostitute for bizarre sex acts in the back of a Dodge Durango in a neighborhood cemetery while he’s on the taxpayers’ dime. Here’s the kicker. Philadelphia local media has imposed a complete blackout on this story. You will neither read nor hear about it from a Philly news source. Not even the tabloids are covering. Not even the leftist Philadelphia City Paper or Philadelphia Magazine or even Metro Chinese Weekly!
A short digression: I remember a story when Fast Eddie Rendell was elected Mayor of Philly, Philadelphia Newspapers, Inc. which owned the two top Philly newspapers the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News, both left-wing outlets (so much for competition) owed a serious sum of money in back taxes to the city. Rumor had it that Rendell made them an offer they couldn’t refuse and allegedly told the news firm that if they never wrote a single negative story about him or his administration he would accept the puny amount of $15,000 and call the tax liability settled. Of course, they jumped on the offer and held up their end of the bargain by never writing a single, solitary negative story about the crooked Democrat mayor. Do you think maybe Mayor Jim Kenney has a similar deal? Why else would the Philadelphia news industry not want to jump on this juicy story that would make you want to throw up in your own mouth when you read it? Sorry for that. Or, could it be because liberal news outlets feel it would be too politically incorrect to report on a black man of power killing his transgender prostitute who tried to shake him down for more money in the middle of performing in the cemetery sex Olympics?
One Philadelphia reporter explained that the media isn’t covering the story as a result of it could be cruel to “out” Devonte’ Douglass as a gay man, especially because the nature of his relationship with the black trans hooker is “unclear.” Wait, what? How about cruelty toward the human being who is dead because of the Gun Violence Counselor’s alleged use of his own firearm to kill him/her/ze/zer/it?
Good, God, the logic of liberals is exhausting on the human brain. I mean, I thought black lives were supposed to matter to leftist journos? I realize this is another black on black crime that leftist reporters don’t care about, but still. The hypocrisy of an anti-gun, Gun Violence Counselor shooting and killing someone who happens to be a transvestite prostitute he just did really strange things with in the back of a Dodge Durango in the middle of a cemetery should be enough to get even a last page mention? Instead, it get “meh.”
Things like this are in the top 100 reasons 26 years ago I ran screaming from Philadelphia, a city I was born, educated and raised in, and have never looked back.
The mother of Breonna Taylor mother, who was shot and killed by police during a drug raid, is accusing the Kentucky attorney general of abusing the grand jury system and she wants a new prosecutor who is “committed to properly investigating the case.”
“Grand jurors did not believe officers were justified in killing my daughter, yet A.G. Cameron denied them of their right to render a decision reflecting the same,” Tamika Palmer said in a letter written to the Kentucky Prosecutors Advisory Council on Wednesday.
Mind you, a grand jury is secret, and they have the power to decide whatever they want. There aren’t even lawyers in the room outside of the prosecutor. That means there are no defense attorneys allowed in a grand jury hearing, which pretty much renders Mr.s Palmer’s statement moot.
Taylor, a 26-year-old Black woman, was killed in March when three police officers attempted to serve a narcotics warrant at her home.
The officers had what is referred to as a no knock warrant, a warrant which says that the police have it upon good faith information that the suspect will be armed and dangerous and therefore they should not give away the element of surprise. But, the police entering the apartment that day did not use the no knock warrant, rather, they knocked on the door and identified themselves as police. Witnesses attest to that.
After knocking and identifying themselves, police then forcibly entered the dwelling, which was 100 percent legal.
After the officers knocked down her door, Breonna’s boyfriend started shooting at them, claiming fear of an intruder. Police returned fire to protect themselves hitting Taylor five times. She died. It was reported that the boyfriend used Breonna as a human shield in the hallway where the shooting occurred. No drugs were found.
A lot of speculation, some say lies, went around after the incident, some that Breonna and boyfriend were in bed when she was shot, and that was false. It was also said that the police didn’t knock and identify themselves, and that was false. In fact, if you want someone to blame for Breonna’s death take a look at the boyfriend, and Breonna herself. I know that sounds harsh, but she was with a known drug dealer who claims he thought the person coming through the door was Breonna’s ex-boyfriend who was also a drug dealer. It was known that Breonna would hold money, and/or drugs at her place for the boyfriend’s, because nobody was going to suspect the young woman would ever do such a thing.
Last month, Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced that the grand jury indicted one officer, Brett Hankison, on three counts of wanton endangerment because he fired negligently into a neighboring home. Cameron said that the “grand jury agreed” that the police officers were justified in firing the shots that killed Taylor because her boyfriend shot at them first.
Two of the grand jurors publicly denied Cameron’s appraisal this week. The anonymous jurors told CBS that they thought the officers’ actions were “negligent” and “criminal,” but Cameron never allowed them to consider manslaughter or murder charges.
“They never gave us the opportunity to deliberate on anything but the charges for Hankison. That was it,” one of them told Gayle King. “As a matter of fact, when they announced that those were the only charges, there was an uproar in that room. There were several more charges that could have gone forward on all of those officers.”
That’s called prosecutor discretion, and it works both ways. You know how the Soros-funded progressive prosecutors who do things bass ackwards, like Kim Gardner, the Circuit Attorney who charged the McCloskeys in Missouri for defending their home by brandishing weapons after a mob of rioters broke through a locked gate in their community and were threatening the couple. Or how about Kim Foxx in Chicago who suddenly dropped all charges against actor/singer Jussie Smollett, who also dropped over 25,000 cases at the beginning of her term? Well, Cameron decided that after witnesses said the police knocked and identified themselves, and after the boyfriend shot at police, they had the right to defend themselves, and if anyone should be charged with Ms. Taylor’s death it should be the boyfriend.
Palmer said that Cameron’s characterization of the decision made by the grand jury “flat out lies” in her letter. Of course she did, because she’s a grieving mother. No one expects a grieving mother to see things clearly.
“At a minimum, my daughter deserves, as do all aggrieved victims, a competent and capable prosecution team which is committed to properly investigating the case, evaluating the law from an unbiased lens, presenting the evidence and allowing the grand jurors to perform the functions guaranteed to them under the law,” she wrote.
In other words, a prosecutor is only competent if they go after the police for doing their job.
Cameron defended himself against the growing criticism, stating that he stands by the findings. Once again, the facts make it difficult for a normal thinking person to believe the police murdered a young woman for no reason or that Breonna’s death occurred due to police negligence. The facts of the case are the police knocked on the door and identified themselves. Breonna’s boyfriend shot at police as they were entering the home, and police returned fire to protect themselves. These are the facts.
“The tragedy, and I’ve said this from the beginning, was that Breonna Taylor was in that hallway next to Kenneth Walker when they returned fire and they hit her,” he told Fox News earlier this month. “No one disputes that this is a tragedy, but sometimes our criminal law is inadequate to respond to a tragedy.”
Taylor’s death became a movement and started a wave of national protests against police brutality, even though there was no police brutality according to the findings. This is the topsy-turvy world we live in now where up is down, wrong is right, and right now wrong.
May Breonna rest in peace, but may her death be a lesson to all that being associated with drug dealers could end up getting you killed.
Seventeen police officers were injured in mostly peaceful protests in Lori Lightfoot’s Chicago, including one who was beaten with an extremely peaceful skateboard. At least 24 people were arrested but with Kim Foxx as the prosecutor, none of them may get charged. In three years Foxx has dismissed over 25,000 felony charges. That includes Jussie Smollett.
Seventeen officers were injured but only four people were arrested for assaulting officers. Officers used pepper spray on the rioters and some used their batons. Until the police can use the same tactics as the rioters and Chicago gets a real prosecutor I see little hope for the future. Just write them off as a failed city and move on.
The following video footage shows the initial incident that sparked yesterday’s violence and arrests, as well as the aggravated battery against a CPD officer with a skateboard. More video will be released throughout the day as it is received. pic.twitter.com/oW7Z3oGKSZ
The city once again had to raise the bridges to keep out more of the rioters but by that time they were already there. Locking the barn after the horse got out.
Here at The Bean in #MillenniumPark where protesters have gathered with the following demands:
1. Take CPD out of CPS
2. Cancel the ICE Citizens Academy
3. Reallocate funds towards e-learning & community centers
4. Universities cut ties with ICE #ChicagoProtestspic.twitter.com/RP9TYLxrxK
Lightfoot went on television to downplay the riots:
“What we’ve seen in cities all across the country, not just Chicago, is a continuing wave of protests. The vast majority of these have been peaceful. But what we’ve also seen is people who have embedded themselves in these seemingly peaceful protests and come for a fight.”