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Angry Chicago mayor goes off on Jussie Smollett: 'This is a whitewash of justice'

Posted: 1:10 PM, Mar 26, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-26 19:45:54Z
Chicago mayor blasts prosecutors on Smollett case: 'This is whitewash of justice'

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel slammed state prosecutors Tuesday after charges against actor Jussie Smollett were dropped.

"This is a whitewash of justice," Emanuel said.

Emanuel was joined by Chicago Police superintendent Eddie Johnson.

"Do I think justice was served? No," Johnson said. "I think this city is still owed an apology."

Neither Emanuel nor Johnson commented specifically as to why charges against Smollett were dropped.

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As part of the agreement to drop the charges, Smollett agreed to forfeit the $10,000 bail he posted when he was arrested in February. Emnanuel said that the bail money "doesn't come close" to paying for the amount of resources spent on the Smollett investigation.

Emanuel also accused of Smollett of using hate crime legislation to advance his career.

"It's a cost that comes to all individuals ... people of all walks of life and backgrounds, race and ethnicity, sexual orientaiton, now this casts a shadow of whether they're telling the truth (when they're victims of a hate crime)," Emanuel said.

Emanuel became particularly upset when speaking about Smollett's continued declaration of innocence.

"How dare him," Emanuel said.

Later, Johnson implied that the police did not know of the prosecution's intentions to drop charges prior to today.

"We found out about when you did," Johnson said.

As Jackson and Emanuel left the press conference, they were asked if an investigation into Smollett was still ongoing. Neither man answered the question.