When Empire star Jussie Smollett reported that he had been attacked by Trump-supporting racists and homophobes, the Chicago Police Department answered the call of duty. Little did they know their extensive search would turn up a different perpetrator.
In a surprise to all, it turned out that Chicago's North Side is not actually home to lynching Klansmen who believe it is "MAGA Country." But it is home to a lying sociopath afraid of being written out of a TV show. Smollett's lies cost the Chicago police thousands of man hours and $130,000 in overtime pay, but through pure grit, determination, and keeping an open mind to all possibilities, they eventually uncovered the truth.
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Sadly, the department was betrayed by their supposed allies in the justice system. After pretending to recuse herself from the case, Smollett friend and Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx announced a deal through which the actor would face no jail time, admit no crimes, and forfeit only his $10,000 bail. That crooked deal is now under investigation by the FBI.
Hopefully, justice will eventually be done. But for now, for exposing an attention-seeking, conservative-smearing fabulist, the Chicago Police Department is a Washington Free Beacon Man of the Year.