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Alleged Hate Crime Hoaxer Jussie Smollett Pleads Not Guilty to Lying to Police

Empire actor Jussie Smollett pleaded not guilty at his arraignment today on a 16 count indictment of lying to police after Chicago police accused him of fabricating a racist and homophobic attack on himself in January.

USA Today reports:

One of Smollett’s lawyers, Tina Glandian, entered the plea on Smollett’s behalf.  Prior to the arraignment, Judge Steven G. Watkins was assigned to oversee Smollett’s case. Watkins made a small change to the terms of Smollett’s bond, saying he will allow Smollett to travel Los Angeles and New York to meet with attorneys without first formally seeking court approval. Smollett’s next court date was set for April 17.

The actor was indicted by a grand jury last week and the Daily Mail reported that he was “initially charged with one Class 4 Felony charge of disorderly conduct last month but a grand jury has applied that charge 15 times over in an 86-page indictment that was returned on Thursday.  Now, he is facing a maximum sentence of 48 years behind bars and fines of up to $400,000.”

Smollett was arrested in February after police officially classified him as a suspect for allegedly filing a false police report. Smollett had claimed he was the victim of a homophobic and racist attack that occurred in January in Chicago where two men poured a chemical substance on him, put a rope around his neck and said “This is MAGA country!”

His story began to unravel shortly after the alleged incident. Chicago police have since announced that Smollett of paid two other actors $3,500 to stage the so-called attack.

Breaking: Jussie Smollett Indicted on 16 Felony Counts by Grand Jury

“Empire” star Jussie Smollett was indicted today by a Grand Jury on 16 felony counts and faces up to 48 years in prison if convicted, according to the Daily Mail.

The Mail reports, The Empire actor was initially charged with one Class 4 Felony charge of disorderly conduct last month but a grand jury has applied that charge 15 times over in an 86-page indictment that was returned on Thursday.  Now, he is facing a maximum sentence of 48 years behind bars and fines of up to $400,000.”

A copy of the indictment was obtained by the Mail which claims the 15 new charges were split into two sets.

The first seven counts relate to comments the actor made to Chicago police officer Muhammed Baig, who was the first to respond to Smollett’s apartment after his friend called 9-1-1 on January 2.

The second set of counts apply to the comments he made to Detective Kim Murray.

Smollett was arrested in February after police officially classified him as a suspect for allegedly filing a false police report. Smollett had claimed he was the victim of a homophobic and racist attack that occurred in January in Chicago where two men poured a chemical substance on him, put a rope around his neck and said “This is MAGA country!”

His story began to unravel shortly after the alleged incident. Chicago police have since announced that Smollett of paid two other actors $3,500 to stage the so-called attack.

The Truth About “Rising Hate Crimes”

The inevitable revelation that actor Jussie Smollett faked a Trump-inspired hate crime in a city where Hillary Clinton received 84% of the vote sparked a predictable response from some quadrupling down on the Left – that while Smollett may have faked his hate crime, it at least drew attention to the very real problem of hate crimes!

Yes, people really did argue this.

So by their logic; thank god Smollett was lying for the truth? Let’s evaluate that….

Hate Crimes (Probably) Are Not on the Rise – And They Are Not Being Carried out in the Name of Trump 

The FBI’s latest report on hate crime statistics was quickly twisted to push a narrative that hate crimes are spiking due to Donald Trump’s presidency. Just take a look at some of the headlines:

Each argues a similar message; that hate crimes are on the rise, and that we can blame Trump’s rhetoric for it.

While law enforcement did report 7,175 hate crimes in 2017, up from 6,121 in 2016, there were over 1,000 additional agencies contributing information to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program. Each new agency would only need to report one hate crime to explain the entire rise.

Additionally, the reported perpetrators aren’t who we’d expect if we were witnessing a rise in “white supremacist violence” inspired by Trump.  According to the FBI’s statistics on the perpetrators of hate crimes:

  • 50.7 percent were White.
  • 21.33 percent were Black or African American.
  • 7.5 percent were groups made up of individuals of various races.
  • 19.1 percent were unknown.

A disclaimer is in order, in that of the 50.7 percent classified as “White” by the FBI’s statistics, half are Hispanic or Latino (see the explainer under the “Ethnicity” heading). In other words, while whites make up 63.7% of the U.S. population, they account for only 25% of all hate crime perpetrators, a far underrepresentation that would not be expected if the media narrative were true.

Hate crimes also decreased against some of the groups in 2017 that the media would like us to believe are under siege in Trump’s America. Hate crimes against Muslims decreased from 307 incidents to 273 from 2016-2017. Meanwhile, the number of anti-transgender hate-crimes declined by a third, and the number of anti-male hate crimes tripled (but this is due to extremely small sample size).

For the most part, the increase in hate crimes from 2016-17 was mostly proportional across the board (which is exactly what we’d expect if this rise was mostly due to increased agencies reporting, not increased targeting of particular groups).

Fake Hate Crimes ARE on the Rise

According to fakehatecrimes.org, a website that tracks hate hoaxes, the rise in hate crimes hoaxes appears to have begun in 2012, and sparked in 2016 in the immediate months following Trump’s presidential victory. Below is tabled reports of false hate crimes per year since 1979 (and obviously there are many more, as these are just proven hoaxes), and hoaxes per month since 2016.

 

While there are obviously far more real hate crimes than fake hate crimes, fake hate crimes tend to dominate more news coverage due to their (supposed) particularly violent, humiliating, or otherwise egregious nature. The criteria for real hate crimes can range from everything from someone leaving a piece of bacon in front of a mosque (which is not likely to dominate much news coverage), to murder.

Such loosely defined statistics are easily manipulated, as was the case in a popular Anti-Defamation League study publicized by the media showing that anti-Semitic hate crimes rose 57% in 2017. The entire rise was attributable to a single individual who was phoning in bomb threats to Synagogues. Without him, anti-Semitic violence actually had decreased by 47% according to the ADL’s statistics.

Unfortunately, the criteria for what constitutes a hate crime is paper thin, and it’s nearly impossible to make an objective statement about whether or not they’re rising, given the varying number of agencies reporting them each year. What we do know though is that if Trump somehow inspired this alleged rise in hate crimes, they’re not picking their victims very well.

Conservative Punched in Face at UC Berkeley Recruiting Event

A conservative participating in a recruiting event at the University of California-Berkeley was punched in the face and threatened with being shot this week.

Hayden Williams, a field representative for conservative group, the Leadership Institute, was punched multiple times by an individual calling him a “racist bi**h.”

Campus Reform reports:

At the time of the incident, the alleged victim was helping students recruit other conservatives for Turning Point USA behind a table with a sign that read, “hate crime hoaxes hurt real victims,” a reference to the Jussie Smollett case in Chicago. 

But at least twice, the situation turned violent and now, police are asking for help in identifying the suspects. 

“Mother f*cker. You racist little inbred b*tch. C**t!,” the man who punched the alleged victim shouted. 

Williams told Campus Reform, “Some students nearby tabling were laughing, even one guy was smiling while I was being attacked and trying to hand me his flyer as a joke. The idea is free speech has consequences…. which include you getting assaulted if they find you promoting ideas others don’t agree with.”

In an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity last night, Williams said he did nothing to provoke the man who punched him.

The university has confirmed that an investigation is under way.

Trump Slams Smollett

President Trump slammed Empire actor Jussie Smollett after Chicago police said  the star orchestrated a fake hate crime attack.

On Twitter this morning, the president wrote, “@JussieSmollett- what about MAGA and the tens of millions of people you insulted with your racist and dangerous comments!? #MAGA.”

Smollett was arrested last night after police officially classified him as a suspect for allegedly filing a false police report about the incident. Smollett had claimed he was the victim of a homophobic and racist attack in Chicago where two men poured a chemical substance on him, put a rope around his neck and said “This is MAGA country!”

Now, police say Smollett paid two Nigerian brothers to carry out the phony attack because he was “dissatisfied with his salary.”

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson didn’t mince words about Smollett during a press conference earlier today.

**Listen: Dan discusses the stunning new revelations about the efforts to cover up an Obama/Clinton scandal

“I’m left hanging my head and asking why: Why would anyone, especially an African-American man, use the symbolism of a noose to make false accusations?,” he said. ” How could someone look at the hatred and suffering associated with that symbol…how can an individual who has been embraced by the city of Chicago turn around and slap everyone in this city by making this false claim?”