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Hate Crime: "Empire" actor attacked by masked men shouting 'MAGA country'

Discussion in 'News & Current Events' started by SummerMadness, Jan 29, 2019.

  1. A_Thinker

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    From ... Persons of interest in Jussie Smollett attack captured on camera, police say

    Chicago police officials say they plan to release surveillance images Wednesday evening that show two “persons of interest” in the alleged racist and homophobic attack on “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett.

    Police say the two individuals are wanted for questioning as detectives continue to investigate Tuesday’s brutal incident as a hate crime.

    Until Wednesday evening, police had said detectives did not have enough information to release a description of Smollett’s two assailants despite reviewing hundreds of hours of video from the surrounding area.

    Smollett was the target of the reported attack around 2 a.m. Tuesday as he was walking back to an apartment after a late-night meal at a Subway restaurant at 511 N. McClurg Court, police said.

    Two men yelled racist and homophobic slurs at Smollett in the 300 block of East North Lower Water Street, before they hit him in the face, poured what is suspected to be bleach on him and put a rope around his neck, Smollett told police.

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    After describing the attackers as men wearing ski-masks and all black clothing in an initial report filed with police, Smollett told detectives in a follow-up interview that the men yelled “this is MAGA country” after they assaulted him.

    Smollett was treated for lacerations to his face and neck at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and later released.

    The block where the attack took place has parking garage entrances but no retail businesses. Police recovered video from various business, residential and police cameras in the wider area, but none until Wednesday showed any possible suspects. Surveillance camera at the Subway shows Smollett at the restaurant.

    More than a dozen police detectives, some specializing in hate crimes, are working the case. They asked anyone with who has information or witnessed the attack to call detectives at (312) 747-8382 or submit an anonymous tip at cpdtip.com.

    Congressman Bobby Rush on Wednesday wrote a letter to the FBI asking the bureau to open a hate crime investigation into the attack.

    “As you are aware, crimes of this nature strike fear at the very core of a community and have a long-lasting impact on its members,” Rush wrote to FBI Director Christopher Wray. “They are, therefore, rightfully characterized as hate crimes.”

    The FBI is already investigating a letter sent on Jan. 22 to Fox and “Empire” offices that used “threatening language” toward Smollett, police said. The letter was laced with some type of white, powdery substance, according to a police spokesman.

    A celebrity website, GrapeJuice.net, published a picture of the letter with the words, “You will die black f–,” written in letters apparently cut from magazines.

    The FBI has declined to comment on the case.
     
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  2. Ana the Ist

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    Ok.
     
  3. Davidnic

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  4. essentialsaltes

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    TMZ and others have posted images apparently of the letter that was sent to Smollett at the studio. It appears to have MAGA as the return address. It also features a naughty word and very poorly executed artwork of Smollett being hanged from a tree(?), so no link.

    Seems likely the incidents are connected.
     
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  6. Ironhold

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    Internet reporter Tim Pool's been watching this one closely as he's a Chicago native.

    Pool's saying that the area where Smollett was attacked in is generally deserted at that hour; there might be skateboarders out in warmer weather, but that's it.

    This raises the prospect that either these people *knew* he was going to specifically be in this area at that hour - raising questions about how they knew - or that something funny's going on.
     
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  8. Paidiske

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  9. essentialsaltes

    essentialsaltes Stranger in a Strange Land

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    Still naughty, so still no link. But anonymous sources are providing a possible connection.

    Jussie Smollett Case: Clues Into Potential Motive Behind The Attack

    “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett, upset after a racist letter sent to the show’s studio didn’t get a “bigger reaction,” is suspected of paying two men to attack him a week later, according to multiple sources with direct knowledge of the investigation.
     
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  10. SummerMadness

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    It's an interesting turn, it speaks to attitudes in this country; if he staged the attack, it speaks to the desire to demand greater attention to topics of bigotry and discrimination (though completely the wrong way to go about it). But it also speaks to the obliviousness and acceptance that people have toward intolerance if an anonymous hateful letter was given a ho-hum response.
     
  11. Shiloh Raven

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    As it turns out this attack never happened. I guess I was right when I said...

     
  12. Ignatius the Kiwi

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    As long as it spreads awareness I guess hoaxes are okay.
     
  13. SummerMadness

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    Who said that? Hoaxes are wrong.
     
  14. CRAZY_CAT_WOMAN

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    Sadly most aren't hoaxes . And this stuff happens all the time.
     
  15. RestoreTheJoy

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    It didn't make sense from the beginning, given the area, and the sub zero cold. Just another hater who got outed.
     
  16. Shiloh Raven

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    Sadly, it is true that most of the stories of a racial attack are hoaxes, but these fake attacks greatly diminish the stories of a racial attack that actually did happen. It's like the story of the Boy Who Cried Wolf. If Jussie Smollett is ever actually attacked as he claims he was this time, then there will be a lot of skepticism and no one will believe him. It was beyond irresponsible and stupid of him to orchestrate this alleged attack. He deserves to be shamed. I hope he is punished to the full extent of the law.
     
  17. SummerMadness

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    Jussie Smollett Charged With Faking His Own Assault
     
  18. SummerMadness

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    Charges dropped against Jussie Smollett in attack case
    It looks like he's been exonerated...
     
  19. Ironhold

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    Either that, or someone made it clear to the prosecutor that there would be consequences if the case went forward.
     
  20. Rion

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