Alec Schemmel, WSET, December 9, 2021
Actor Jussie Smollett, on trial for allegedly faking a hate crime in 2019, is receiving support from Black Lives Matter in a statement from one of its directors arguing police can “never” be trusted.
“In an abolitionist society, this trial would not be taking place,” read the statement from Dr. Melina Abdullah, Director of BLM Grassroots and Co-Founder of BLM Los Angeles.
Instead, we find ourselves, once again, being forced to put our lives and our value in the hands of judges and juries operating in a system that is designed to oppress us,” continued Abdullah’s statement, “while continuing to face a corrupt and violent police department, which has proven time and again to have no respect for our lives.
Abdullah wrote in the statement that alongside a “commitment to abolition, we can never believe police, especially the Chicago Police Department (CPD) over Jussie Smollett.”
(Editor’s note: Smollett was found guilty of disorderly conduct.)