CHICAGO (AP) – New documents on Thursday's Jussie Smollett case show that the prosecution told Chicago detectives that a potential deal with the "Empire" actor was due a month before the indictment he was dropped in work. Some 460 pages of new documents indicate that detectives investigating Smollett's claim to be a victim of hate crimes were told by Cook County prosecutors that Smollett's agreement could include a $ 10,000 fine and a charitable service , The detectives did not share the information with their supervisors.
"They did not pass them on, because they did not know the case would be treated the way it was," said Anthony Guglielmi, police spokesman for Chicago.
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Smollett was punished with 16 charges Police lied when she reported that he had been the victim of a racist, anti-gay robbery in January. The police claim that the black and open-gay actor staged the attack because he was dissatisfied with his salary and wanted to advertise. The prosecutor dropped the charges on March 26 without blaming Smollett.
Then Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel and police superintendent Eddie Johnson expressed outrage over prosecutors' verdict The Cook County Procuratorate announced on February 28 that it could no longer investigate the crime. Smollett was charged on 7 March. Investigators of the case met with Attorney Risa Lanier, who told the investigators "that she believes the case is settled by Smollett paying $ 10,000 to the city of Chicago for compensation and civilian service." 19659006] The detectives stopped the case at this time, since according to Guglielmi an arrest took place and the alleged perpetrator was prosecuted.
Phone calls to the Cook County Procuratorate were not returned immediately on Thursday.
The lawyers of Smollett, who had been charged with lied to the police about a robbery, had been dropped. At the time, Johnson said he had heard of the deal prosecutors with Smollett when the deal was announced by the lawyers, adding that he did not believe that justice would be served. He did not directly criticize the prosecutors.
"My job as a police officer is to investigate an incident, collect evidence, collect the facts, and submit them to the prosecutor," Johnson said. "That's exactly what we did, I'm behind the investigations of the detectives." The Illinois Bar Association said the prosecution's dismissal was "a violation of prosecutors across the state" as well as against the police, victims of hate crimes and the police county as a whole.
The City of Chicago requires $ 130,000 from Smollett to cover the cost of investigating his reported beating. The city claims that about two dozen detectives and officials had investigated the animator's report that he had been attacked, resulting in a "significant amount of overtime".