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Chicago police released investigative files related to the Jussie Smollett hate crime case including almost 70 hours of footage alongside hundreds of pertinent documents like texts and emails to name a few.
One of the videos that began to circulate online is the body camera footage with audio taken by the police officers themselves. It can be seen in the video shown below that the police were greeted by Smollett’s manager himself upon their arrival at the actor’s apartment building. The manager could be heard telling the police, “He doesn’t want this to be a big deal, you understand what I’m saying. The thing that makes me emotional is they put this makeshift loop, what do you call that thing, a noose around his (expletive) neck. I’m sorry, you know. And that is what bothers me, the cut thing doesn’t bother me at all. If that makes any sense.”
According to Los Angeles Times, the noose is a “stand-in for vigilantism, for murder by community, an unveiled threat and a symbol to brandish to keep blacks, especially, ‘in their place.'”
The clip also shows Jussie Smollett’s conversation with the two police officers inside his apartment while the noose was still wrapped around his neck. This happened at around 8:45 a.m. which is reportedly, according to BBC News, almost seven hours after the controversial attack.
In the same video, an officer could be heard asking, “Do you want to take it off or anything?” To which Smollett replied, “Yeah, I do, I just wanted you to see it.” He proceeded to take the rope off his neck while he told the police, “There’s bleach on me. They poured bleach on me.”
In a separate short clip taken during the night of the reported attack, the Osundario brothers can be seen inside a cab while they were allegedly “leaving the scene of the crime.” Watch it below.
The police also released the footage of the arrest of the Osundario brothers at the O’Hare International Airport after their trip to Nigeria although in the video, the brothers did not speak much except to ask why they were being detained by the police.
This latest develpment on the Jussie Smollett hate crime case came just a few days after a Cook County judge ordered the appointment of a special prosecutor to probe the sudden dismissal of all criminal charges against Smollett last March which means he could be charged anew.
Take a look at what the netizens are saying on Twitter about this case:
Wonder if @SAKimFoxx thinks the long-serving judge who just eviscerated her handling of the #JussieSmollett case and appointed a special prosecutor is motivated by “racism” as she has said other critics are. 🤔— CWBChicago (@CWBChicago) June 21, 2019
There’s absolutely nothing normal about the way Chicago PD and the city of Chicago is handling this case.— Sir Wruthless (@4EverWruthless) June 21, 2019
This #JussieSmollett lynching is one of the worst examples of blaming the victim I’ve ever seen. #CPD conspired with Jussie’s attackers and turned the public against him.
Chicago cops, and white people’s OBSESSION with #JussieSmollett will NEVER END. Last we left off, CPD believed & sided with Jussie Smollet’s ATTACKERS. CPD is BAAADDD at solving crime.— MassUpdater (@MassUpdater) June 21, 2019
But there is another: PETITION BECKY has emerged. This white woman wants to reopen the case 🙄 pic.twitter.com/bGdPAC2fnd
How can CPD expect him to get a fair trial? They should do this for unarmed police shooting! Instead of waiting two years and hush payments to settle the case. Inncocent until proven guilty! I take no sides but the process is in place for a reason!— Mind Games (@Mingomovement) June 25, 2019