By Jon Dougherty
As many suspected, “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett did indeed fake his “hate crime” assault and now he’s been arrested by Chicago PD and charged with one felony count of disorderly conduct for filing a false police report.
After surrendering to authorities late Wednesday, many people are saying what they’ve always said when someone fakes a crime: “They ought to make Smollett pay for the investigation” launched by police and the FBI following his Jan. 29 complaint.
Well, as it turns out, there’s a form for that very thing.
As CWB Chicago reports, Chicago PD has what is called the “Cost Recovery Incident Form” and, if Smollett is convicted for the crime he is charged, form #CPD-61.230 could be the first step taken by the department in recovering the costs of his alleged hoax investigation.
The website notes:
Chicago ordinance authorizes the city to seek compensation, for wages and benefits of city personnel, attorneys, costs of equipment and materials, and “any other costs allocable to the provision of services” in a variety of situations.
And the first “situation” on the city’s list of recoverable incidents is “the deployment of police to respond and provide service as a result of a person’s false reporting of a crime.”
Should Chicago PD go this route, the expenses levied against Smollett could be massive. As we reported Wednesday, the investigation into the hoax includes the FBI and U.S. Postal Service inspectors who are looking into the origins of a letter with juvenile writing sent to Smollett at the Fox-affiliated studio where he worked on Empire.
The letter contained a white powder that turned out to be crushed Tylenol, but federal authorities are considering that a terrorist incident. Plus, because the letter was mailed and went through the federal postal system, that itself is a whole new avenue for felony charges.
There’s been no word indicating that Smollett himself mailed the letter. But reports have noted he was upset after the ‘threat letter’ arrived and did not generate more attention (i.e. Left-wing outrage). So the working theory is that he may have sent the letter to himself and when it didn’t have the desired effect, he decided to stage a hoax “assault” using two Nigerian brothers.
And the rest, as they say, is history.
Cops moved to arrest Smollett and charge him with filing a false hate crime report after video surfaced of the brothers, Ola and Abel Osundairo, buying a red hat and ski masks, among other items, at a local area business prior to the alleged staged attack.
The brothers had already been questioned by police and had reportedly told cops that they were in on the hate crime conspiracy, noting that they had ‘rehearsed’ the attack with Smollett.
Another working theory is that they bought the red hat to coincide with the story Smollett was telling police — that one of the alleged ‘white racists’ was wearing the iconic red “MAGA” hat during the beating as both yelled “racial” and “homophobic” slurs and proclaimed “This is MAGA country!”
As for charging Smollett, CWB Chicago notes that whoever “mailed that [threat] letter is likely to be charged with, among other things, creating a hoax terroristic threat. And they’ll face a double-whammy.”
The site notes further:
The city, of course, will be in a position to pursue all costs involved in that case, including the deployment of fire department HAZMAT units.
And 18 U.S. Code § 1038, “False information and hoaxes,” specifically states that—in addition to a potential five years in prison—anyone convicted of the charge “is liable in a civil action to any party incurring expenses incident to any emergency or investigative response to that conduct, for those expenses.”
And the law goes on to say that the sentencing court “shall” order reimbursement, not that it “may.”
While the resolution of felony charges is probably a year or two down the road, obviously Smollett isn’t likely to get away with a hate hoax that very likely could have led to Rodney King-style riots, violence, and blood in American streets all across the country, given the spread of Trump Derangement Syndrome stoked by a “mainstream” media (MSM) and Hollywood Left against our president and his supporters.
The scary part is that Smollett almost pulled it off.
If found guilty he should pay — with his freedom and his wallet.
Now we know there’s a form for that.
- Follow Jon Dougherty on Twitter at @JonDougherty10
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