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Nobody wins now the Jussie Smollett case is over

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Nobody who has followed the news surrounding Jussie Smollett over the last few weeks can claim it hasn’t been a rough ride. The actor, who claimed he was subjected to a racist and homophobic attack and was subsequently accused of fabricating that claim, today said that he had been “truthful and consistent since day one… I would not be my mother’s son if I was capable of one drop of what I’ve been accused of.”

Smollett’s lawyers said that his record had been “wiped clean”, while his family said he’d been entirely vindicated and reiterated that they believed he had been the victim of a violent attack. They spoke of a “heartbreaking” ordeal. His supporters pointed out that Chicago Police have a murky history with racism and claimed that Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel — who called the decision not to prosecute Smollett for lying “a whitewash of justice” and told him he had faced “no accountability for the moral and ethical wrong of his actions” — kept police dash camera footage of the shooting of Laquan McDonald from being released for a year. Seventeen-year-old McDonald, who was African-American, was shot 16 times by Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke in 2014. Police originally claimed he had been walking towards officers with a knife and “behaving erratically”, but the dash cam footage proved that he had, in fact, been walking away when he was gunned down. In........

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