Posted on December 10, 2021

BLM Backs Jussie Smollett in Final Days of Trial

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.

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“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.”

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(Editor’s note: Smollett was found guilty of disorderly conduct.)