Chicago Police Release Jussie Smollett Investigation Files

The day after Empire actor Jussie Smollett was let off the hook by an Obama-partisan prosecutor, the Chicago Police released its Smollett investigation files.

The redacted files were released Wednesday by CWBChicago, a Chicago news site:


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The records show how the Chicago Police progressed in its investigation into what the CPD says is a hate crime hoax.

As Daily Wire noted:

You can find File #1 on CWB’s page here, and File #2 here. Both files are heavily redacted, and were apparently resubmitted to the Chicago Police Department on Tuesday, after the Cook County State’s Attorney dropped all charges against Smollett, apparently in anticipation of FOIA requests.

The files prove that in only a few days the CPD shifted its investigation from that of looking for white men who perpetrated a hate crime, to Smollett himself for reporting a hoax.

As early as January 31, police began looking at Smollett for the hoax, the reports say.

The files also catalog CPD’s interactions with the now-infamous Osundairo brothers — the two men Smollett allegedly hired to help him carry out the attack. CPD interviewed the Osundairo brothers several times, connecting the pair to the scene of the crime through a hot sauce bottle that one brother admitted he had filled with bleach, and then poured on Smollett during the attack. A New York Post reporter later found the hot sauce bottle while poking around the scene of the alleged crime.

The brothers also indicated that a $3500 check they’d received from Smollett was for more than just “training,” which they charged only $30 to $50 per hour for.

The records also show that the CPD worked to keep the details of the investigation quite so as not to cause a media firestorm over the direction of the investigation.

The CPD also reported that any other files it has will go under lock and key due to a judicial order that the records be sealed.

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