MSNBC Guest Says Chicago PD May Be Framing Jussie Smollett, Kasie Hunt Casually Pivots

‘Many people have felt that they have been so willing to call this a hoax’

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STAFFORD: "I mean personally, it was incredibly shocking on day one to see the police department call it a racist and homophobic attack. In their first statement they explicitly said that and said they're investigating it as a victim case. And as someone that has been investigating these for years in Chicago, that was really unprecedented before. And a lot of the time, people in the background were worried they were leaning into this victim part of the story because they didn’t believe him and they wanted to use it against him at the end, when they were able to prove that he was lying. Historically the Chicago police has leaked information or information like this hasn't leaked so quickly and so rapidly in a case. The police were openly confirming and not confirming certain reports and not doing it to other parts of the story. So due to the vocal nature in this case, it was really peculiar. And people have a lot of reason to not trust them. I mean as the reverent has pointed out the Chicago has a deep history of openly lying to citizens. This police department did, in 2016, openly, through their union support Donald Trump. And a lot of this case has been focused on the MAGA statements. So, many people have felt that they have been so willing to call this a hoax, is because the central question of this case was, ‘Are Donald Trump supporters out here committing hate crimes?’ And that’s what really sparked a lot of the tension. To have a police department that hasn’t been as cooperative as they have been this round, do not openly give information, do openly lie and mishold information in cases and then to know that they are openly -- have openly supported Donald Trump in the 2016 election, a lot of activists on the ground are saying, ‘Wait, what’s going on here? Who do we believe out of these two suspect people."
HUNT: "I want to go back to Ron Mott now because he was in that scrum that many of you were just watching, people clamoring over each other. Ron, what did you learn?"

(h/t Fox News)

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