'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett charges dropped, Chicago mayor and top cop furious

In a stunning move, prosecutors in Chicago dropped all charges against Smollett on Tuesday despite maintaining Smollett fabricated a street attack on himself in an attempt to get a pay raise.
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Transcript for 'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett charges dropped, Chicago mayor and top cop furious
I've been truthful and consistent on every single level since day one. Cover not be my mother son. If I was capable of one drop of what I can start tonight Chicago the windy city this was a nor'easter and no one saw coming. Prosecutors dropping all charges against the actor for allegedly staging that hate crime attack in return for him forbidding his back to city Chicago. And doing community service we agree to dismiss the charges against him. Smoke I had alleged his attackers used a news hurled racial slurs know the entire case ordered sealed by the court like it never happened. I was stocked. Stone does this mean he actually made up this story or not I gotta tell you are it was pointless war. This the latest plot twist in the tale of constantly changing rogues Smollins. Kass is a victim and only a month ago before turning into Bob Dylan Jesse snow let it took advantage of the pain and anger. Of racism to promote his career. And now in the eyes it is supporters vindicate. We have nothing to say to the police department except to investigate charges. And not try their cases in the press. While smaller and his team couldn't get to their waiting suburban fast enough. Chicago authorities couldn't talk louder or long enough this mr. sledge who committed this this is this hoax. Period if he wanted to clear his name the way to do that was in the court of law so that every like to see that evidence. This is an unbelievable. Not just white watch a justice visiting person now who's been let off Scot free with no sense of accountability. Over the moral and ethical wrong but his actions. There are a lot of people who are very upset about this there were dozens of Chicago police officers detectives. Working on this case. The decision did not include any condition this Mo let apologize or admit any wrongdoing. Assistant State's attorney Joseph Mack it's explaining it is a question of resources. Our number one priority. Is combating violent crime and the drivers of violence and we look to use our resources to do that. And I don't think that mr. small it is a driver of violence. And nor was he someone who's a violent criminal. At the same time sided with the police in what many criticized as a contradiction. We stand behind the investigation and the facts that it revealed. Witness. It means that we believe he did what when he was charged with doing. So you believe that he lied on these reports yes this was not in the generation. To say that he was exonerated by us or anyone else is is not true. He went out with way to say that he found no problems with the investigation of the evidence that was collected as if on to say it's the interest. Of the city or whoever wants to dismiss it was quite an usual. It can't be that their position is that they're not gonna prosecute any cases that don't involve violence crop that's is makes no sense. You could argue that they could have reached a plea agreement weary serve no time. But that's not what happened here. Smoke what had seemed to have it all faith show. Then on the morning of January 29 it all turned upside Dan. But nevertheless they've got the belt on Rick ready or. You're president of the top at edit but it by Connecticut department. Small claims he was walking home from a subway when he said two men in magaw heads physically attacked. Spewing racist and homophobic slurs at the actor who was openly gay adding insult to injury he said the perpetrators put a noose around his neck. Our state well not great but they are part of bitterness but they don't at a press. Maggie about the bad news. When we first heard about this allegation and certainly that really shocked as so many of us here in the news business in of course. In the community but as that day went on their work people questioning. They. When I first heard about this I was suspicious. The idea that you've got a noose and you've got 2 in the morning and you've got nagger supporters who watched empire. Who recognized him right away. It was all a little bit hard to believe. Police immediately began investigating releasing these images of soup potential persons of interest. Meanwhile questions lingered about the actors account. Police are saying that he wasn't cooperating entirely in terms of giving overs phone. There were questions. That it is the interview and Good Morning America. That was crossing the intersection I heard empire. To empire and company me empire but I kept walking and tired. And hi a side turned around and I say that Jesus and to me and I turn around and I see. He attacker. Masked. And he saved this maggot country. Punches me right in the face upon us and Iraq. And then we started tussling there was second person involved who was kicking me in my back. And can to stopped. And they ran off it felt like minutes but it probably was like thirty seconds honestly I can't tell you honestly. I noticed the rope around my neck and I started screaming. And I say there's a grope around when it could've. And who. On February 16 please identify these two suspects two Brothers. Then my shocking twist. Smile it further details that you what it able to attack him but not hurt him too badly this scratches and bruised image is on his face. Was most likely self inflicted. Chicago authorities allege this Milan had higher they're Brothers staged the attack a hoax a scant. Arguing he couldn't simply play the race card he played the mall racism homophobia of victimization. From the very beginning we have since some some questions about it. Mullet turned himself bend to Chicago police the superintendent with an impassioned rebuke of the fallen so. I'm pang in my head and asking why. Why would anyone especially an African American man used the symbolism. Of a news. To make false accusations. How can an individual. Who's been embraced by the city of Chicago. Turnaround slap everyone. In this city in the face by making these false claims. This but what case was the latest incident in the community with a deep seated distrust of the authorities. The Chicago Police Department did not come into this incident with any credibility. In the black community. The Chicago Police Department is known for police brutality it's known for denying the killings of unarmed people. Many of those incidents were documented in a 2017. Justice Department investigation. Including shooting at fleeing suspects who present no immediate threat. And the killing of seventeen year old acquire McDonnell. Who was shot sixteen times by then officer Jason van dyke setting up protests throughout Chicago when you. Then dog was found guilty of second degree murder and aggravated battery and sentenced almost seven years in prison. Now many fear that the smaller case we'll have a chilling effect on the reporting of hate crimes. If you're the victim of a hate crime you're going to be even more reluctant to come forward because you don't want to be re victimized and even criminalize. For coming forward. But the FBI continues to investigative small that was behind the threatening letters sent to him before the alleged days attack. He returned today to his role as a celebrity surrounded by fans. Even posing for a self this wasn't much of the deal as a legal matter this seems to be huge win for just a small lat. And I would argue a huge loss. For everybody else this is. Been an incredibly difficult time honestly one of the worst of my entire life and I'd like nothing more into just give back to work and move on with my life. In the end it may be all lost something.

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