Former Chicago Police Officer: Only Thing Smollett Has Been Consistent About Is 'Lying'
Former Chicago police officer Dimitri Roberts said Jussie Smollett has been consistent about one thing throughout his alleged hate crime hoax saga -- "lying."
In a shocking announcement Tuesday morning, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office said it will not be prosecuting Smollett, who was previously accused of fabricating a hate crime in Chicago in order to boost his career.
Smollett previously pleaded "not guilty" to 16 counts of disorderly conduct stemming from the alleged incident in which he claimed two men beat him, poured bleach on him and placed a noose around his neck before yelling, "This is MAGA country."
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson blasted prosecutors' decision and stood by the investigation that concluded Smollett staged a hoax. Smollett, however, has maintained his innocence, saying, "I have been truthful and consistent on every single level since day one."
On "Fox & Friends" Tuesday, Roberts took issue with that statement, quipping that the only thing Smollett has been consistent about throughout this process is lying.
He said prosecutors simply made the wrong decision, and he speculated it could be related to Smollett's political or entertainment industry ties, along with the sensitive, high-profile nature of the case.
He suggested that the investigation should have been turned over to the FBI, because an alleged hate crime was involved and because Smollett has been "proven to lie over and over again."
He added that he disagrees with many things Mayor Emanuel says, but he believes the phrase "whitewash of justice" is appropriate.
Roberts echoed comments made by Fox News political analyst Gianno Caldwell on "Fox News @ Night" Tuesday: "This is a knock against folks that have worked very hard to even have the opportunity to speak up against these crimes."
Watch the "Fox & Friends" segment above.