Chicago police news conference. In fiery news conference, Chicago police superintendent says Jussie Smollett's 'phony' hate crime 'pissed everybody off'

Chicago Police Say They Weren’t Notified Charges Against Jussie Smollett Would Be Dropped

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Cast members and crew are trying to wrap up shooting on the final episodes of Season 5. Viewers can watch the press conference in the player above. On Wednesday, Chicago police that the actor was now officially classified a suspect in a criminal investigation for filing a false police report, which is a Class 4 felony. Update: For a full report on the press conference, click. The Tribune is not identifying the brothers because they have not been charged with a crime. But I am a man of faith and I am a man that has knowledge of my history and I would not bring my family, our lives or the movement through a fire like this. Officers discharged their weapons striking the offender who was transported to the University of Chicago Hospital in critical condition.

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Chicago Police Say They Weren’t Notified Charges Against Jussie Smollett Would Be Dropped

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Wodnicki also said the department was prepared for the case against Smollett to go to trial. Smollett surrendered to Chicago police around 5 a. The offender was transported to an area hospital for treatment of his wounds and is in critical condition. The two testified before a Cook County grand jury Wednesday, hours before charges against Smollett were announced. At press conference hours after the Empire actor was charged, Chicago Police Department Chief Superintendent Eddie T. Eddie Johnson said at an impromptu news conference after the ceremony.

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According to the original account, the two men beat Smollett, poured a chemical substance believed to be bleach on him and tied a noose around his neck before fleeing the scene. Emanuel took particular aim at what he alleged was Smollett's use of hate crime legislation, passed while Emanuel was a member of Congress. Two weapons were recovered on scene. His attorneys later issued a statement. It was postmarked in southwest suburban Bedford Park on Jan. She did say her clients got money from Smollett and that she believes they were in contact with the actor at least once after the attack was reported. We are evaluating the situation and we are considering our options.

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Jussie Smollett Arrest: Watch Chicago PD Press Conference Live

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Why would anyone, especially an African-American man, use the symbolism of a noose to make false accusations? There is no accountability in the system. Smollett is a young man of impeccable character and integrity who fiercely and solemnly maintains his innocence and feels betrayed by a system that apparently wants to skip due process and proceed directly to sentencing. Smollett has been accused of faking a hate crime after his story of being attacked by racists fell to pieces. Given these circumstances, we intend to conduct a thorough investigation and to mount an aggressive defense. How could someone look at the hatred and suffering associated with that symbol and see an opportunity to manipulate that symbol to further his own public profile?. Smollett, 36, turned himself in at the Central District police station at 1718 S. Johnson abhorred him as a 'troubled young man' who has 'taken advantage' of racism to further his career.

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[VIDEO] Jussie Smollett Press Conference Live Stream — Watch

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Wodnicki said about 50 subpoenas and search warrants were issued, and social media and video were reviewed. So he concocted a story about being attacked. I think this city is still owed an apology. Jussie Smollett staged a racist and homophobic attack in which he was the victim because he was unhappy with his Fox salary, police revealed on Thursday. Chicago police initially launched a hate crime investigation, but as it progressed, some police sources privately expressed doubts after finding little, if any, corroborating evidence or video of a crime.

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Judge scolds Jussie Smollett over allegations he staged racist, anti

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Police say the case began to close in on Smollett last week when detectives took the two brothers, 25 and 27, into custody after they were captured by surveillance cameras in the area around the time of the incident. Smollett enjoys the presumption of innocence, particularly when there has been an investigation like this one where information, both true and false, has been repeatedly leaked. Edward Wodnicki, who led the investigation, said police and private surveillance cameras were critical to tracing the movements of the brothers and giving detectives a break in the case. A male passenger exited the vehicle at which time an armed confrontation ensued, causing an officer to discharge his weapon, striking the offender. A week before the alleged attack, Smollett told police he received the threatening letter at work.

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Jussie Smollett Arrest: Watch Chicago PD Press Conference Live

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Officers pursued the subject to the rear of a residence where an armed confrontation ensued. After the charges were dropped, Smollett said in a brief statement that he was thankful for his supporters and insisted that he had been telling the truth all along. While following the vehicle, officers observed the car strike a parked vehicle and curb before coming to a stop in the 2100 Block of South Keeler. A Cook County grand jury has since returned an indictment, and Smollett now faces a maximum of three years in prison if found guilty. Smollett said his music manager was on the phone with him at the time and would support his story, but the actor refused to turn over his full phone records, instead handing police redacted records.

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