For Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson, the allegedly false claims made by Jussie Smollett — a “publicity stunt” — felt like personal attack on his hometown.
“I know the racial divide that exists here,” Johnson said during a news conference Thursday at police headquarters. “I know how hard it’s been for our city and our nation to come together. I also know the disparities, and I know their history.”
“Why would anyone, especially an African-American man, use the symbolism of a noose to make false accusations?” he added. “How can an individual who’s been embraced by the city of Chicago turn around and slap everyone in this city in the face by making these false claims?”
Smollett, 36, turned himself into police at the First District station early Thursday and was expected to appear in bond court later in the afternoon. He was charged with felony disorderly conduct for allegedly making a false police report when he claimed he was the victim of a racist and homophobic attack at the hands of two men in Streeterville in late January. more