On Monday evening, the Chicago Police Department release never-before-seen footage concerning the controversial Jussie Smollett case.
One of the released videos shows two police first enter Smollett’s home where he is still wearing the noose he claims was put on him after he was beaten up in a racially-charged attack.
“Some 69 hours of police video were released Monday, with two videos showing the moment when police first arrived at the actor’s residence after receiving a 911 call that alleged he was the victim of a hate crime,” ABC News reports.
“In the police body camera footage, Smollett is seen with a noose around his neck. The video also records Smollett asking the officers to turn off their recordings,” the reports adds.
According to the report, another released video shows Chicago police officers arrest Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo, the Nigerian brothers who were allegedly paid to stage the attack.
Portions of police video obtained in connection to the Jussie Smollett case have been released, giving a never-before-seen-look into the controversial case. https://t.co/o7iD00YrRW
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ABC News reports:
The two men, Smollett initially said, shouted racist and homophobic slurs at him as a rope was wrapped around his neck and an unknown chemical was poured on him. The alleged assailants, police were told, yelled “MAGA country,” an apparent reference to President Donald Trump’s “Make American Great Again” slogan.
The brothers have since filed a federal defamation lawsuit against Smollett’s attorneys, claiming that the lawyers publicly blamed the brothers for the attack.
The Chicago Police Department has released body cam footage from January when actor Jussie Smollett told police that he was attacked on a street outside his Chicago home pic.twitter.com/oRVI7YM6Qf
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The new release of the video tapes comes days after a judge decided to appoint a special prosecutor to look into the Cook County prosecutor’s original decision to dismiss charges against Smollett.
Smollett, an actor who starred on the television show “Empire,” had all of the charges against him dropped, despite prosecutors saying they believed he fabricated the attack. Smollett has maintained that he did not stage the attack.
The Daily Caller reports Cook County Judge Michael Toomin ruled state attorney Kim Foxx acted in accordance with the law when she decided to withdraw from prosecuting the case. She did not act properly, Toomin ruled, when she then passed the case to her top deputy.
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Toomin explained that a special prosecutor could end up charging the former “Empire” star and other charges could be brought if the investigation finds suspicion of wrongdoing by others.
Former state appellate Judge Sheila O’Brien — who has been leading the effort for a special prosecutor — said that Foxx’s actions created “a perception that justice was not served here, that Mr. Smollett received special treatment.”