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Los Angeles Black Lives Matter slammed for supporting Jussie Smollett after guilty verdict


The Los Angeles Black Lives Matter movement has been slammed for supporting Jussie Smollett following a guilty verdict.

Former "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett leaves the Leighton Criminal Courts Building.Scott Olson / AFP

A Black Lives Matter civil rights movement in the Los Angeles, California area has been called out on social media and by several organizations for supporting Jussie Smollett after a guilty verdict.

Smollett was found guilty for staging a racist, homophobic attack in downtown Chicago and then lying to the police about it in 2019 at the Leighton Criminal Court Building on Thursday.

When the trial began earlier during the week, the civil rights movement Black Lives Matter backed Smollett during his trial, and after the verdict, their decision still continued.

The leader of the BLM Los Angeles center Melina Abdullah said in a statement:

As abolitionists, we approach situations of injustice with love and align ourselves with our community. Because we got us. So let's be clear: we love everybody in our community. It's not about a trial, or a verdict decided in a white supremacist charade, and it's about how we treat our community when corrupt systems are working to devalue their lives. In an abolitionist society, this trial would not be taking place, and our communities would not have to fight and suffer to prove our worth."

According to a report published by TMZ, the Organization assured them that its stance hasn't changed, and Smollett still has the Organization's full support.

Back in 2019, officials investigated the incident and classed it under "hate crime," which prompted many celebrities in the entertainment industry to support Smollet.

Politicians like Madam Vice-President Kamala Harris and President Joe Biden are among public figures who condemned the attack.

Black Lives Matter Panned by social media for supporting Smollett

One of the most expected reactions from the internet was the vilification of the Black Lives Matter Los Angeles movement after the Organization showed support for Smollett following a guilty verdict.

One user highlighted their shock, questioning if all the evidence collected and presented to the court was so bogus that the BLM organization was not buying it.

Another user added that the Black Lives Matter movement backed the wrong person and urged them to stop.

Another individual pointed out that the Organization seemed to be supporting Smollett just because he was black and that the movement does not seem to care that the whole incident was staged.

The one central key point mentioned came from an individual who said what Smollett did, could be hurting people who actually experience hate crimes of such nature.

- This is a developing story.

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