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.