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Jussie Smollett's Arrest Sparks Debate over Why Cops Don't Arrest White People for False Reports

Ra'eesah Manack
Feb 22, 2019
02:56 P.M.
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Jussie Smollett's recent arrest leaves many asking why justice always moves swiftly when the suspect is Black but slack when the victim is.

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The openly gay black actor, Jussie Smollett had opened a can of worms last month. He claimed he was attacked in Chicago by two masked men hurling racist and homophobic slurs adding that they then hung a rope around his neck and soaked him with an “unknown chemical substance.”

Smollett restated his claims in his first interview since the alleged attack. However, recent evidence surfaced shedding new light on the case and possibly incriminating Smollett for staging the attack.

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When the new evidence against Smollett came to light, the Chicago police acted with speed and intensity. They quickly arrested the actor for allegedly falsifying the report.

While Smollett does not have a lot of defenders, the Empire stars arrest has sparked massive debate. Many people are questioning why those who had made false claims against Black people were not arrested in the same manner.

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On Wednesday, Smollett was charged with felony disorderly conduct. One day later, Smollett surrendered to police.

If he is found guilty, the actor could face probation or up to three years in prison. After the charges were filed, Smollett's attorneys Todd S. Pugh and Victor P. Henderson saying,

"He enjoys the presumption of innocence, particularly when there has been an investigation like this one where information, both true and false, has been repeatedly leaked. Given these circumstances, we intend to conduct a thorough investigation and to mount an aggressive defense."

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However, as the case unfolds, many people on Twitter are wondering why police did not show the same sense of urgency when it came to charging "BBQ Becky," "Permit Patty," "Cornerstore Caroline" and many other white people. All the above had falsely called the police on Black people.

"If #JussieSmollett can be so vigorously prosecuted for wasting police resources on a fake hate crime can we go back to that conversation about charging #BBQBecky #PoolPatrolPatty for wasting police resources when they call cops on black folks ?" asked one Twitter user.

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"so #JussieSmollett ain't shit (at this point lmao), but let's not forget about the BBQ Becky, Permit Patty and Cornerstore Carolines of this world who do this shit DAILY and go unpunished," tweeted another.

“Chicago Police Detectives take #Empire actor #JussieSmollett into custody to face Class 4 Felony charge (punishable for up to 3yrs in prison) for Disorderly Conduct in Falsifying Police report. Bond Hearing scheduled for 1:30p in Cook County Criminal Court.#ChicagoPolice, ” tweeted Tom Ahern, the deputy director of news affairs and communications for the Chicago police.

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