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Despite Smollett controversy, hate crime still a pervasive issue

Despite Smollett controversy, hate crime still a pervasive issue

Noah Festenstein, Contributing Writer

June 3, 2019

Amid the widely publicized Jussie Smollett controversy, in which the “Empire” actor claimed to have been the victim of a racially-motivated and homophobic attack, statistics show that hate crimes are on the rise nationally. According to the most recent statistics from the FBI, there were 7,175 incidents...

Prosecutor shifts Smollett recusal reasons, releases files

Prosecutor shifts Smollett recusal reasons, releases files

Michael Tarm, Associated Press

June 1, 2019

Chicago's top prosecutor again shifted her explanation for why she recused herself from an investigation into Jussie Smollett's claim that he'd been the target of a hate crime, saying she stepped aside because of false rumors she was related to the "Empire" actor. Cook County State's Attorney Kim...

Police were told deal was in works with Jussie Smollett

Police were told deal was in works with Jussie Smollett

Herbert G McCann, Associated Press

May 30, 2019

New documents on the Jussie Smollett case released Thursday show that prosecutors told Chicago police detectives that a possible deal with the "Empire" actor was in the works a month before charges against him were dropped. The approximately 460-pages of new documents show detectives investigating...

Unsealed file contains Smollett bail conditions

Unsealed file contains Smollett bail conditions

Don Babwin, Associated Press

May 23, 2019

One of Jussie Smollett's conditions after posting $10,000 bail amid charges he lied about being the victim of a racist, anti-gay attack was that he have no contact with two brothers police say he paid to help stage the incident, according to a case file unsealed Thursday in Chicago. Besides that detail,...

Protest against CPD union in Near West Side ends in 12 arrests

Protest against CPD union in Near West Side ends in 12 arrests

Emma Oxnevad, Assistant News Editor

May 13, 2019

Last Monday, protestors gathered in Union Park to rally against the union of the Chicago Police Department. Protestors included members of Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression (CAARPR), Southsiders Organized for Union and Liberation, Reclaim Chicago, and The People’s Lobby. T...

Chicago’s top prosecutor subpoenaed in Jussie Smollett case

Chicago’s top prosecutor subpoenaed in Jussie Smollett case

Associated Press

April 28, 2019

Chicago's top prosecutor has been subpoenaed to appear in court by a retired appellate judge who's pushing for a special prosecutor to investigate the handling of the case against actor Jussie Smollett. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Sheila O'Brien also subpoenaed Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx's ...

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