CHICAGO (AP) – New documents on the Jussie Smollett issue released Thursday show that the prosecutors told the Chicago police detectives that a possible deal with the "Empire" actor was in the works a month before the charges against him was dropped.
The about 460 pages of new documents show detectives investigating Smollett's claim that he was the victim of a hate crime that Cook County prosecutors had told. An agreement with Smollett could include a $ 10,000 fine and community service. The detectives did not leave the information to the superiors.
"They did not leave it because they did not know it (the case) was to be dealt with as it was," said Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi.
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Smollett was charged with 16 speeches alleged he lied to the police when he reported that he had been the victim of a racist, anti-gay attack in January. The police claim that the black and overtly gay actor initiated the attack because he was dissatisfied with his salary and wanted disclosure. Prosecutors lost charges on March 26, without Smollett admitting guilt.
Then Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel and policeman's superintendent Eddie Johnson rebelled against the prosecution's decision.
In the papers released on Thursday, detectives were noted that the Chicago Police Department was informed by Cook County State's law firm on February 28 that they could no longer investigate the crime. Smollett was accused on 7 March. The leading investigators in the case met with Assistant State Attorney Risa Lanier, who informed the detectives "that she felt the case would be settled with Smollett, who had to pay Chicago $ 10,000 in repayment and render community service."  The detectives ended the case at the time because an arrest was made and the alleged offender was prosecuted, according to Guglielmi.
Phone calls to Cook County state law office were not immediately returned Thursday.
There were lawyers for Smollett who reported charges that he lied to the police if the attack had been dropped. At that time, Johnson said he had learned about the prosecutors who were contracted with Smollett when the agreement was announced by lawyers and added that he did not believe that justice was being served. However, he did not criticize direct prosecutors.
"My job as a police officer is to investigate an incident, gather evidence, gather facts, and present them to the state's lawyer," Johnson said. "That's what we did. I'm behind the detectives' investigation."
The Illinois Prosecution Association said the dismissal of the charges was "an accusation of prosecutors across the state" as well as police, victims of hate crimes and the county as a whole.
Chicago City seeks $ 130,000 from Smollett to cover the cost of investigating his reported battles. The city claims two dozen detectives and officers investigated the entertainer's report that he was attacked, resulting in a "significant number of overtime hours."