Chicago detectives were told there was a deal with Jussie Smollett, a month before charges against him were dismissed – despite the fact that the police chief publicly expressed indignation when the actor was deported
- Detectives investigating Jussie Smollett's case were told by Cook County prosecutors that a deal was pending one month before the charge was dropped
- The information emerged in the many documents released on Thursday
- The police met with prosecutors on 28 February to transfer their material related to the investigation
- They were then told that a deal with Smollett could include a fine of 10,000 euros and a community service
- Prosecutors withdrew the charge on March 26 without Smollett having admitted blame, saying that Smollett had agreed to lose his $ 10,000 bail
- Police Chief Eddie Johnson expressed indignation at the prosecutor's decision, saying he had just found out
- Documents indicate that his investigators were informed by the prosecutors a few weeks earlier, but did not pass on the information
Newly released documents about the Jussie Smollett case showed that prosecutors told Chicago police investigators that a possible deal with the Empire actor was in the works a month before the charges were brought against him.
The 470 pages of files related to his case, which were not released until Thursday, show investigators investigating Smollett's claim that he was the victim of a hate crime told by the Cook County prosecutors. A deal with Smollett could include a $ 10,000 fine and a community service.
Detectives had met with a prosecutor on February 28 at the Cook County County Attorney's Office to transfer their investigation material.
The investigators closed the case at that time because a detention took place and the alleged offender was prosecuted, said Anthony Guglielmi, spokesman for the Chicago police Thursday.
Cook County Assistant State & # 39; s lawyer Risa Lanier told police investigators that a possible deal was at the Jussie Smollett plant a month before his indictment was withdrawn. At that time, police chief Eddie Johnson expressed indignation at the decision
Assistant state attorney Risa Lanier informed investigators & # 39; that she thought the case would be settled with Smollett who would pay the city of Chicago $ 10,000 for restitution and community service & # 39 ;.
Smollett received 16 charges for lying to the police when he stated that he had fallen victim to a racist, gay-free attack in January. Prosecutors withdrew the charge on March 26 without Smollett admitting guilt
Smollett received 16 charges for lying to the police when he stated that he had fallen victim to a racist, gay-free attack in January. The police claim that the black and openly gay actor organized the attack because he was not satisfied with his salary and sought publicity.
Prosecutors withdrew the charge on March 26 without Smollett having admitted blame and said Smollett had agreed to lose his $ 10,000 bail.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chief Inspector Eddie Johnson subsequently expressed indignation at the prosecutor's decision.
At that time, Johnson said he heard of the deal prosecutors made with Smollett when the deal was announced by lawyers, adding that he didn't think justice was being served.
But the documents indicate that his prosecutors had been told by the prosecutors a few weeks earlier.
The police claim that the black and openly gay actor organized the attack because he was not satisfied with his salary and sought publicity. He claimed that he was attacked by the Nigerian brothers Abel and Ola Osundairo
The detectives had not passed the information on to the superiors.
& # 39; They didn't pass it on because they didn't know (the case) would be treated the way it was, & # 39; said the police spokesman.
Cook County County Law Firm has not commented.
Johnson said he was investigating his department.
& # 39; My job as a police officer is to investigate an incident, gather evidence, gather the facts and present it to the state attorney, & # 39; said Johnson.
& # 39; That is what we did. I support investigators' investigations. & # 39;
The city of Chicago is looking for $ 130,000 from Smollett to cover the costs of investigating his reported beating.
The city claims about two dozen investigators and officers investigated the artist's report that he was being attacked, resulting in a & # 39; significant amount of overtime & # 39 ;.
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