Cook County has dropped all charges against Jussie Smollett. Neither the Chicago PD nor Mayor Rahm Emanuel appears happy with the decision.
“Our officers did hard work day in and day out, countless hours working to unwind what actually happened that night. The city saw its reputation dragged through the mud … It’s not just the officers’ work, but the work of the grand jury that made a decision based on only a sliver of the evidence [presented],” he continued. “Because of the judge’s decision, none of that evidence will ever be made public.”
All that and more aside, this is exactly the opposite of what needs to happen to hate hoaxers. Lacking consequences there will no disincentive to duplicate these performances to the detriment of huge swaths of middle-America.