Chicago Police Department has released a mountain of investigative files and over 70 hours of video related to former Empire star Jussie Smollett’s hoax hate crime — including body camera footage of officers having to ask Smollett if he wants to remove the prop noose from around his neck.
“The dozens of hours of video have been released by police after an open records request from the I-Team and ABC News, among others. The video includes many surveillance camera recordings of the areas where Smollett claimed he was attacked by two men sporting Make America Great Again hats,” ABC 7 reports.
Smollett was charged with one count of disorderly conduct for filing a false police report and indicted on 16 counts of disorderly conduct for filing a false police report by a Grand Jury. All charges were ultimately dropped by the prosecutor’s office in exchange for community service and forfeiture of his $10,000 bond. However, the dropped charges are now subject to a separate investigation by the inspector general.
The body camera footage of police arriving at Smollett’s home following the staged “attack” shows Smollett hanging out in his kitchen with the rope swinging from his neck, prompting police to ask him if he wants to remove it.
— Megan Hickey (@MeganHickeyTV) June 24, 2019
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