Black Lives Matter stands behind Jussie Smollett, who is on trial for allegedly organizing a hate crime attack, because “we can never believe the police,” a founder of the movement said in a statement.
“As abolitionists, we approach situations of injustice with love and align ourselves with our community,” said Dr. Melina Abdullah, director of BLM Grassroots and co-founder of BLM Los Angeles, in a statement Tuesday.
“In an abolitionist society, this trial would not take place and our communities would not have to fight and suffer to prove our worth,” Abdullah said.
“In our commitment to abolition, we can never believe the police, especially the Chicago Police Department (CPD) for Jussie Smollett, a black man who has been present, visible and courageously expressed in the fight for the freedom of the blacks, ”the statement continued.
Smollett, who was charged with six felonies of disorderly conduct, claims that two men yelled racist and anti-gay comments and beat him in Chicago in January 2019.
Prosecutors in the case have said the 39-year-old actor planned the ruse to get attention, a claim Smollett has repeatedly denied.
Jurors in the case began deliberating Wednesday and will resume Thursday morning.