Senator Kamala Harris openly went through a series of reactions regarding the case of actor Jussie Smollett in Chicago. At the moment, the California senator apparently has a say when asked about the situation: "confusion."
"To be perfectly honest … I'm completely confused, I do not understand, I do not know, I do not know the underlying evidence … I do not know, I'm lost," Harris, D-Calif Said Tuesday to CNN's Wolf Blitzer in response to the Cook County Attorney's Office's announcement that he was abandoning all charges against Smollett in the alleged hate crime hoax.
The presidential candidate of 2020 first quickly denounced "hatred" after hearing the "assertion of the star" of the Empire "claiming that two men had uttered racist slurs and homophobic while he was beating him at 2am in January. In an article on Twitter, a passionate Harris likened the alleged incident to a "modern lynching" and said, "No one should fear for his life because of his sexuality or the color of his skin."
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The case took a dramatic turn when police said new information had significantly "altered" their investigation. When details came out in February, a reporter asked Harris if she wanted to change her previous tweet.
"I think the facts are still unfolding and, uh, I'm very very concerned, of course, about the first allegation, uh, that she's made about what might have happened," replied Harris, adding that she would not realize it. comment until she knows the "outcome of the investigation".
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Harris spoke after Smollett was charged and arrested for disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false police report on February 21, claiming that she was "sad, frustrated and disappointed".
"When anyone makes false statements to the police, it not only diverts resources from serious investigations, but also complicates the work of other victims of crime," Harris tweeted in part, adding that the FBI's statistics Number of hate crimes in the United States "Part of the tragedy of this situation lies in the fact that it diverts from the truth and has been seized by some who would like to ignore and minimize the very real problems we must attack. We should not allow this. "
Smollett was later charged with 16 counts in connection with his allegations of an attack in Chicago in early March. He pleaded not guilty and eventually got a nolle pros, which basically means that his case was filed and that he will no longer be prosecuted for the alleged crime. The evidence will also be sealed.
While the news fell on Tuesday, Blitzer was curious to hear Harris' new position on the situation – but the Democratic senator said that she "still did not understand" what had happened.
"I think we'll have to leave the judgment to the prosecutor … the chief of police and the mayor, of course, to give us a better idea of what's going on, I do not know," she said.
"But I think that there is a point that the mayor [Rahm Emanuel] I would like to emphasize this because I see it all over the country and the problem of hate crimes is real, "Harris said, in part. We have seen an increase in our country … and we can not play games with her. We must take it very seriously. "