“At a time when the people of Chicago are demanding community control of the police and when our movement for Black Lives demands that police be defunded and demilitarized, Chicago police and prosecutors continue to expend precious public resources to cover up a hate crime and renew their fabricated case against Jussie Smollett,” the letter of support continued.
“Jussie faces false charges of felony disorderly conduct and is still being forced to fight back against a relentless and vicious smear campaign initiated by the Chicago Police Department and uncritically disseminated by the media.
“We believe Jussie, not the CPD.
Over the years he has offered generous support to HIV/AIDS organizations and to Historically Black Colleges and Universities. During the 2018 midterm elections, Jussie personally campaigned and used his social media platforms to urge support for anti-Trump candidates. As a result, he was hit with a barrage of attacks, including overtly racist and homophobic threats.”