Ex-Chicago police chief says he would have let Jussie Smollett off with an apology

The Chicago police chief who arrested Jussie Smollett for lying to cops in 2019 has revealed that he will be allowed to apologize and not file criminal charges if he confessed to lying three years ago.

Eddie Johnson was in charge of the force when Smollett carried out the sneak attack. He has since been fired for misconduct, after he was found drunk at the wheel of his parked patrol car, and after it was revealed he had affairs with female employees.

Smollett told the police, and later the world, that he was jumped by two white Trump supporters on his way home from the Subway in the middle of the night on the coldest night of the year while he was out to buy a sandwich. He was convicted yesterday of orchestrating the attack to advance his career, and paid brothers Abel and Ola Osundaero to carry it out.

Johnson was the first and most disgraced Smollett to lie about the January 2019 mock attack, and was bold enough to arrest him despite the actor claiming that the police force was only after him because he was a black man.

Johnson, another black man, appeared on NewsNation’s Morning in America Friday to talk about the verdict — Smollett was found guilty on five counts of lying to the police. He revealed that he wouldn’t have prosecuted or even accused Smollett if the actor had just apologized and admitted that he made up the whole thing.

Let me say this: I and the mayor [Rahm] Emmanuel was upset at the time [he] You smeared our city and you put all that manpower into it but I want people to understand that. This was not the most heinous crime of the century. No one was killed. Building did not blow up.

“We would have been more than happy with just an apology at the end of everything we found out, but for some reason, he just wanted to keep going down that path that was actually a victim,” he told host Adrienne Bankert on Morning in. America.

Former Chicago Police Department Chief Eddie Johnson appeared on NewsNtion’s Morning in America

Johnson said that the first thing he thought was suspicious was that Smollett had kept the noose around his neck that his attackers had allegedly put on him.  He was shown in Bodycam footage of the police in his apartment on the night in question, and shown to the officers.  'I don't think there are many blacks in America with a noose around their necks and they won't take it off immediately,' said Johnson.

Johnson said that the first thing he thought was suspicious was that Smollett had kept the noose around his neck that his attackers had allegedly put on him. He was shown in Bodycam footage of the police in his apartment on the night in question, and shown to the officers. ‘I don’t think there are many blacks in America with a noose around their necks and they won’t take it off immediately,’ said Johnson.

Johnson said he had to convince other Chicago police officers to continue treating Smollett as a victim rather than a suspect.

He said he was immediately suspicious, after seeing a video of Smollett while being questioned in his apartment by police detectives.

I have to be honest, when I first saw his video of him in his apartment with a noose around his neck, I was worried because I don’t think there are many blacks in America with a noose around their necks and it wouldn’t happen right away. take it off.

I have to be honest, when I first saw his video of him in his apartment with a noose around his neck, I was worried because I don’t think there are many blacks in America with a noose around their necks and it wouldn’t happen right away. take it off.

“And the indifferent manner in which he was treated made me a cause for concern. But I will not allow the police department to make him a criminal until the evidence becomes too overwhelming. I have stopped the department from calling him a criminal for a long time.

Using a symbol like a gallows to promote yourself is unreasonable to me.

In the city of Chicago we were making a lot of progress at the time in terms of violent crime, it just pained me that a black person would use a black symbol like that and create a crime where no crime would happen. it was hard. He said.

Aside from the diphtheria — which prosecutors say Smollett tweaked for effect — Johnson said he also suspects the actor was able to keep his tuna sandwich and bring it home with him, brilliantly, after apparently being beaten up by thugs.

Looking back, the gallows part but what really surprised us oddly, I was a cop, 30 or 31 years old. I was in the detective department working on homicides a lot. What really surprised us was the fact that it was attacked on the coldest night of the year during a polar vortex. It was insanely cold. Nobody came out.

“But I tell you one thing that really told us was he told us there was a problem… If someone jumps that way — let me come back a little bit. He went to the Subway sandwich shop at two in the morning to get a sandwich, well, that’s good.”

Smollett leaves court on Thursday after being found guilty

Smollett is shown in CCTV footage from his apartment building as he exits the building before the attack

Smollett is shown in CCTV footage from his apartment building as he exits the building before the attack (right) and (left) leaving court yesterday after his conviction.

Johnson became famous for tearing up Smollett at the press conference on February 21, 2019 where he told the world how the actor lied

Johnson became famous for tearing up Smollett at the press conference on February 21, 2019 where he told the world how the actor lied

Johnson on NewsNation Friday morning.  He said he would've released Smollett with an apology if he had just admitted he lied

Johnson on NewsNation Friday morning. He said he would’ve released Smollett with an apology if he had just admitted he lied

He came back, got attacked in a supposed hate crime, and during all this quarrel they poured bleach on him, when he got up and went to his apartment building, he got up and still has a Subway sandwich with him. This does not happen.

Jussie Smollett appears in a snapshot of his face from February 21, 2019

Jussie Smollett appears in a snapshot of his face from February 21, 2019

When people are attacked like that, whatever their belongings are outside, they usually leave it so the police can come back with them because they are afraid.

This man had the sandwich in his hand and it was never touched. That was a real turning point for us until something was missing.

Johnson added that it was “still important” to treat Smollett as a victim until the evidence became too overwhelming to ignore.

As the days went by and we started to recover this video, it became somewhat clear that something was not right.

When we learned of the Osundairo brothers, they had fled the country at the time, and had returned to Chicago. I made the point of not letting the investigators have that. We wanted them to go back to Chicago.

When we stopped them and brought them in, when I saw videos of their sayings, I could no longer protect [Smollett]’, He said.

Johnson tore Smollett on February 20, 2019, for wasting police resources – $100,000 and 26 full-time cops.

He said it was ‘painful’ that he used the gallows symbolism to try to bolster his profile, and that there was unquestionable evidence that Smollett lied.

The actor responded that he never trusted the Chicago Police Department and that’s why he was accused of lying.

He maintains his innocence and his lawyer has already indicated that he plans to file an appeal. A sentencing date for Smollett has yet to be decided.

Facing up to 20 years behind bars.

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