Jussie Smollett - Civil Rights Activists React to New Turns in Jussie Smollett Attack Case
Ava DuVernay has spoken out stating she needs more details before rushing to judgment. "Despite the inconsistencies, I cannot blindly believe Chicago PD. The section that covered up shooting Laquan McDonald within a dozen times? That functioned an off-site torture facility? That one? I will wait. Whatever the outcome, this won't prevent me from thinking about others. It cannot," DuVernay tweeted today.
The manager frequently covers civil rights issues and only recently wrapped production on the Central Park Five restricted series for Netflix about five Harlem teenagers erroneously convicted, initially in the media and then double in the courts, for the 1989 rape of a jogger at the NYC park.
On Jan. 29, Smollett advised Chicago police he had been walking down the road when two men began yelling racial and homophobic slurs, then beat him, doused him with a chemical and wrapped a rope around his neck.
On the other hand, the CPD said yesterday "that the trajectory of this investigation" had changed onto Smollett himself later investigators questioned two Nigerian brothers that they arrested Wednesday, and later released without charges.
But civil rights activists in Los Angeles are not convinced Smollett has been forthcoming. Out an LAPD channel, they held a media conference on Sunday and called for the actor to apologize.
"Jussie Smollett put people's lives at risk and could have produced a situation that has been much more damaging to those that are African American and people who do identify with the LGBTQ community," stated Project Islamic Hope Director and CEO Najee Ali.
"We have lots of members of the black community and the LGBTQ community that were the victims of hate crimes. So for Smollett to say he was a victim of racism and hate crimes -- and we think that is a lie -- surely is an injustice to those true victims of racism and hate crimes"
While Ali is basing his statements on media reports, he said he considers Smollett should be prosecuted for filing a false police report.
"Jussie Smollett has to be brought to justice for lying," Ali explained. "We believed Smollett in the start. We gave him the benefit of the doubt, but on the last few days, we've seen this campaign of lies by Smollett continue to be unraveled."
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