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Black Lives Matter branch supporting Smollett accuses Chicago Police Department of 'having no respect' for black lives


The Los Angeles Black Lives Matter organization that threw its support behind Jussie Smollett accused the Chicago Police Department of having no respect for the lives of Black people in a report.

Former'"Empire' actor Jussie Smollett arrives at the Leighton Criminal Courts Building to hear the verdict.Scott Olsen / AFP

A report shared by TMZ revealed that the civil rights movement Black Lives Matter branch in Los Angeles, California, slammed the Chicago Police Department over the Jussie Smollett saga.

This report revealed that the movement said has the police had proven time and again to have no respect for the lives of black people.

The Organization mentioned this while proudly declaring its support for Smollett during his trial of the 2019 incident.

A report by Complex back in January 2019 mentioned that the Chicago police had expanded its investigation into this supposed "racist and homophobic assault" on Smollett.

The department also mentioned that they hope to find the key to the puzzle, a surveillance video of his alleged attackers.

The then Chicago police spokesperson Anthony Guglielmi said:

Chicago police detectives continue to investigate serious allegations of a potential racially charged hate crime that took place in the downtown area Tuesday morning around 02:00. The Streeterville neighborhood where the alleged attack occurred has a very high density of city and private surveillance cameras."

A cross-referencing of these surveillance street cameras would later add to some of the inconsistencies surrounding Smollett's case.

Smollett has since been found guilty by the Leighton Criminal Court in Chicago for staging a racist, homophobic attack in his apartment and then lying to the police about it.

When the trial began, this civil rights movement backed Smollett during the entirety of his trial, and after the verdict, their decision appears to be the same still.

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

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.

This support saw many people of color all over social media share their disappointment over this decision.

- Additional sourcing from LA Times & TMZ

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