nearvideo outrage building from law-enforcement authorities after all charges dropped against Smollett
Sen. Kamala Harris open a series of reactions to go through in terms of actor Jussie s Smollett ‘ case in Chicago. At the moment, a word apparently, the California senator’s mind when asked about the situation: “confusion.”
“To be honest … I’m totally confused. I don’t understand it. I don’t know it. I don’t know, the underlying evidence — I don’t know. I am at a loss,” Harris, D-Calif., told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Tuesday in response to the Cook County State ‘s Attorney’ s Office announcing it was dropping all charges against Smollett in the alleged hate-crime hoax.
The 2020 presidential candidates was first claim quickly to condemn “hatred” after hearing the “Empire” star, the two men shouted racial and homophobic slurs while beating him at 2 in the morning in January. In a Twitter post, a passionate, Harris compared the alleged incident a “modern day lynching” and said, “no one should fear for their lives because of their sexuality or the color of their skin.”
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But the case took a dramatic turn, as the police said that new information had clearly “moved” their investigation. Details occurred in February, a reporter Harris asked wanted to change your previous tweet.
“I think the facts are still unfolding, and, uh, I’m very, uh, concerned, of course, the first, uh, the statement that he added about what could have happened,” replied Harris, to comment on that until you know the “outcome of the investigation.”
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Harris said, according to Smollett, was accused, arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, for allegedly filing a false police report on Feb. 21, said she was “sad, frustrated and disappointed.”
“When someone makes false allegations to the police, it not only draws resources away from serious investigations, but it makes it harder for the other victims of crime, to the front to come,” Harris tweeted, in part, while also claiming the FBI’s statistics show a rise in the number of hate crimes in the United States, “part of the tragedy of this situation is that it distracts from the truth, and has taken, some like to dismiss and play down the real problems we are tackling. We should not allow that.”
Smollett was then accused, and on the 16th of crime counts in connection to his Chicago assault allegations at the beginning of March. He pleaded not guilty and was later granted, a nolle pros, which basically means that his case was dropped, and he is crimes not be prosecuted, for the alleged. The evidence will also remain closed.
As the news Tuesday deleted, Blitzer was curious happens to listen to Harris’ new perspective on the situation — but the democratic senator said she did not understand “” what.
“I think we are going to have to leave it to the judgment of the Prosecutor … the police chief and the mayor, of course, give us a little better sense of what’s going on. I don’t know,” she said.
“But I think there is a point that the mayor [Rahm Emanuel] made, I would like to stress, because I see it all over the country, and it is a very real Problem, that is the seriousness of a hate crime,” Harris, in part. “We have seen an increase of our Land … and we can’t play with him. We take it very seriously.”