Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel responded to the news that charges had been dropped against Jussie Smollett by the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office at a press conference with Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson. They responded to comments earlier in the day from Mr. Smollett and his attorneys.
"Do I think justice was served? No." Police Chief Eddie Johnson said before turning the microphone over to the mayor. "I think this city is still owed an apology... I stand behind the detectives’ investigation."
"Mr. Smollett is still saying that he is innocent," Mayor Rahm Emanuel said. "Still running down the Chicago Police Department. How dare him? How dare him? This is not the superintendent's word against his, the grand jury came to a conclusion, as did the state's attorney's office... And even after this whitewash, still no sense of ownership of what he's done. He says, in fact, that he is the wronged in this case."
"This is an unbelievable, not just a whitewash of justice, this is a person now who got off scot-free with no sense of accountability of the moral and ethical wrong of his actions, from top to bottom, not only besmirching the name of the city... but you have a person using hate crime laws that are on the books to protect people who are minorities from violence, to turn around and use those laws to advance your career? Is there no decency in this man?"
Mayor Emanuel said that "a shadow" will be cast over real victims of hate crimes because of Smollett's claims.
"And he did this all in the name of self-promotion. He used the laws of the hate crime legislation that all of us have put on the books -- to stand up for the values that embody what we believe in. This is a whitewash of justice," Emanuel said. "The grand jury could not have been clearer."
Watch the full press conference with Chicago's mayor and police chief: