Advocate Magazine Editor, Zach Stafford is now defending Jussie Smollett by claiming that the police leaked information to put Jussie Smollett in a bad light. It’s called the facts, Zach. I realize that’s a topic you are not familiar with, but it’s the truth, nonetheless.
His contention is that Chicago cops love President Trump so much that they leaked details that were unfavorable to Smollett. And the Democrats don’t think we have a drug problem. He does admit that the Smollett case has hurt the LGBT movement because right wingers are using it as another example of a fake hate crime.
Stafford then suggested that the Chicago Police Department leaked information to make Smollett look bad because they support Trump, conveniently ignoring the fact that it was Smollett who called the police in the first place to report what officers are now saying was a staged attack.
Smollett reportedly told officers that his “attackers” yelled “this is MAGA country” in near sub-zero temperatures while also shouting racist and homophobic slurs. Smollett also took officers to the scene of the “crime” and pointed to a surveillance camera, thinking that the “attack” had been recored. Smollett revealed that it was “disappointing” when the detective told him “that the camera inside of the casing was facing north, so they didn’t have it.”
Yet, Stafford suggested that the Chicago Police Department knew Smollett was lying and called “it a racist and homophobic attack” on “day one” to “use it against” Smollett at the end of the investigation.
Personally, it was incredibly shocking on day one to see the police department call it a racist and homophobic attack. Their first statement—they exclusively said that, said they’re investigating it as a victim case,” Stafford said on MSNBC. “As someone that has been investigating these for years in Chicago, that was really unprecedented before… And a lot of the time people in the background were worried they were leaning into this victim part of the story because they didn’t believe him and they wanted to use it against him at the end when they were able to prove that he was lying.”