ICYMI: Former Chicago Police Chief Said He Would Have Let Smollett Go If He…Apologized!

ICYMI: Former Chicago Police Chief Said He Would Have Let Smollett Go If He…Apologized!

Police Chief Garry McCarthy said Friday that he would have let actor Jussie Smollett go free if he had just apologized and said that he was lying early on.

Eddie Johnson, the head of the Chicago Police Department in 2019, said he wouldn’t have filed charges against the “Empire” actor if he had just said he made it all up, he said on Morning in America.


“I want people to know this. During this time, this wasn’t the most heinous crime of all. He didn’t hurt anyone. “He didn’t blow up a building,” Johnson told the story.

Because of some reason, he kept going down the road that he was a victim even after we found out all of the facts. We would have been happy with just an apology at the end of everything we found out.

Jurors found that Smollett lied to police about being jumped by two racist and homophobic attackers in January 2019. He was found guilty of five counts of felony disorderly conduct on Thursday for making up the story.

Before being fired for misconduct in December 2019 for being drunk in a police car, Johnson said he knew right away that Smollett was lying about being beaten up.

He said a video of the actor with a noose around his neck at home, long after the crime had been done, raised the first red flag.

There aren’t many black people who have a noose around their neck and don’t take it off right away, says Johnson, who is also black.


“And the way he was so casual about it made me worry.” But I would not let the police department make him an offender until the evidence was so strong that it was clear that he had done something wrong, he said.

A noose isn’t the best way to promote yourself, he said.

In addition, the Subway tuna sandwich that Smollett told cops he was walking home with at the time of the attack stayed in good shape even after the attack.

This is how it works: “He comes back, and during this fight, people threw bleach on him.” When the fight was over, he got up and went into his apartment building. He still had that Subway sandwich with him. There’s no such thing as that, Johnson said.

Because they’re afraid, people usually leave their belongings outside until the police can go back with them because they don’t want to be alone.

He had the sandwich in his hand and it had never been eaten. Then, “We knew something was wrong.”

Smollett “stain[ed] our city,” and police and then-Mayor Rahm Emanuel were “angry” about the case, Johnson said. As long as there was no doubt about what happened to Smollett, he made it a point to treat him as a victim.


“As the days went on and we started to find that video, it became clear that there was something wrong with it,” Johnson said.

When he arrested and talked to the brothers Abimbola and Abel Osundairo, they told him that Smollett had paid them to “fake beat him up.” That was the point.

“When we arrested them and brought them in, when I saw the videos of their statements, I couldn’t protect [Smollett].”

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