Chicago mayor criticizes dropping of Smollett case

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FILE – In this May 20, 2016 file photo, actor and singer Jussie Smollett attends the “Empire” FYC Event in Los Angeles. Chicago police say they’re interviewing two “persons of interest” who surveillance photos show were in the downtown area where Smollett says he was attacked last month. A police spokesman said Thursday the two […]

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the city’s police chief have angrily criticized Jussie Smollett and the decision by prosecutors to drop all charges that alleged the “Empire” actor staged a racial and homophobic attack in the city in January.
    
Speaking to reporters Tuesday, a visibly angry Emanuel called the decision a “whitewash of justice” and asked, “Where is the accountability in the system?”
    
Emanuel criticized Smollett for not taking any responsibility despite what he described as overwhelming evidence. He also says Smollett continues to drag Chicago’s reputation through “the mud.” His voice seeming to quiver with anger he said about Smollett, “Is there no decency in this man?”
    
Police Superintendent Eddie T. Johnson said Smollett still owns the city an apology.
    
Smollett has not backtracked from his original story, insisting he’d been “truthful and consistent on every single level since day one.”
 

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