(The Post Millennial) – Following a guilty verdict, the Chicago police chief who arrested Jussie Smollett for staging racist hate crime on himself said Friday that the now-convicted felon’s untouched Subway tuna sandwich was a suspicious sign of the hoax.
Smollett’s infamous Subway sandwich, which the disgraced actor told authorities he had been walking home with at the time of the incident, was still in pristine condition after the theatrical January 2019 beating.
The former Chicago Police superintendent, Eddie Johnson, who was head of the Chicago Police Department at the time, pointed out the inconsistency.
“He comes back, gets attacked in a supposed hate crime, and during all this scuffle, they poured bleach on him, when he got up and went into his apartment building, he got up and still had that Subway sandwich with him. That doesn’t happen,” Johnson said to NewsNationNow’s “Morning in America.”
Johnson added that when victims are attacked, whatever belongings are present tend to be left behind until the police can retrieve the items because they’re afraid.
“This guy had the sandwich in his hand and it had never been touched. That was a real tipping point to us that something was amiss,” Johnson said.
There was more to Smollett’s intact Subway sandwich catching the attention of investigators. Also suspicious to Johnson was the fact that, instead of ripping the noose off of his neck as soon as he could, Smollett was “nonchalant” about removing it once he got back to his apartment.
“I don’t think there are many black people in America that would have a noose around their neck, and wouldn’t immediately take it off,” commented Johnson, who is also black, to the local Chicago station.
Smollett is “100 percent confident” he will be cleared of the convictions by an appeals court, according to lead attorney for the defense team Nenye Uche.
Uche told the press on Thursday after Smollett’s guilty verdict that they’re already planning to appeal the case. “We feel 100 percent confident that this case will be won on appeal,” the Smollett attorney said to the media.
“Unfortunately, that’s not the route we wanted but sometimes that’s the route you have to take to win, especially a case where we remain 100 percent confident in our client’s innocence.”