BLM backs Jussie Smollett: ‘We can never believe the police’ – New York Post

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Jussie Smollett (R) leaves the Leighton Criminal Courthouse with his family as the jury begins to deliberate in his trial for reportedly staging an attack on himself in Chicago, Illinois, USA, 08 December 2021.
Jussie Smollett leaves the Leighton Criminal Courthouse with his family as the jury begins to deliberate in his trial, December 8, 2021.
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Black Lives Matter is backing Jussie Smollett — who’s on trial for allegedly staging a hate crime attack — because “we can never believe the police,” a founder of the movement said in a statement.

“As abolitionists, we approach situations of injustice with love and align ourselves with our community,” Dr. Melina Abdullah, director of BLM Grassroots and co-founder of BLM Los Angeles, said in a Tuesday statement.

“In an abolitionist society, this trial would not be taking place, and our communities would not have to fight and suffer to prove our worth,” Abdullah said.

“In our commitment to abolition, we can never believe police, especially the Chicago Police Department (CPD) over Jussie Smollett, a Black man who has been courageously present, visible, and vocal in the struggle for Black freedom,” the statement continued.

Chicago Police cruiser monitors the area outside the Local Market Foods store in Chicago, Illinois
BLM is backing Jussie Smollett because “we can never believe the police.”
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Smollett, who was charged with six felony counts of disorderly conduct, claims that two men yelled anti-gay, racist remarks and hit him in Chicago in January 2019.

Prosecutors in the case have said the 39-year-old actor planned the ruse to get attention — a claim Smollett has repeatedly denied.

Jurors in the case began deliberating Wednesday and are set to resume Thursday morning.

Melina Abdullah
Melina Abdullah said, “In an abolitionist society, this trial would not be taking place.”
AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File

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