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Sounds like journalists are doing more work than the Chicago Police Department.

Reporters from the New York Post,  reportedly found an empty bottle with a bleach odor after retracing Jussie Smollett‘s path the night of the attack. However, the Chicago Police Department is not sure if the bottle is “related” to the attack.

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ABC 7 in Chicago reports, “The hot sauce bottle was partially filled with a clear liquid that smelled like bleach, according to a New York Post story confirmed by Chicago police. The Post claimed they found it near the foot of a stairwell to the Loews.”

However, the Chicago Police Department appears to be dismissing the evidence because they didn’t find it, “It’s unclear if that is related to the incident as it was not discovered during any of the earlier canvasses but we took it for analysis. The FBI is providing CPD with technical assistance on this case at our request. I’m not sure if the bottle went to their lab or one of ours.”

The Chicago Police Department also said Monday afternoon that the 36-year-old actor submitted his phone records but it was  “limited and redacted” from within an hour of the alleged incident. The CPD also said in a statement, “We are very appreciative of the victims cooperation however the records provided do not meet the burden for a criminal investigation as they were limited and heavily redacted. Detectives may be following up with him to request additional data to corroborate the investigative timeline.”

The Chicago Police Department has dropped the ball from the beginning with their handling of the case in the media. First, a police spokesperson said there was no footage of the assailants. Then, hours later, there were two “persons of interest” on video. They also claimed the “Empire” actor “refused” to give the cops his phone. All of these inconsistent reports have prompted some to say Smollett fabricated the attack. Now the new neighbor and the man at the bar will create more suspicion.

Just yesterday, we reported an unidentified person who was a patron at an Irish bar a block from the scene of the alleged attack, said: “It’s a lie, because Chicago is the most liberal city around. They have cameras everywhere. . . Why can’t they find the attack?”

Clearly, that anonymous person is delusional, since incidents like the Laquan McDonald murder to 15 men exonerated for false arrests show Chicago is far from “the most liberal city,” which has an epic history of racism.

On Jan. 9, while walking to a subway, two men reportedly yelled racial and homophobic slurs at the actor after he exited the restaurant, investigators told The Hollywood Reporter. They allegedly punched and poured bleach on him while one of the suspects put a rope around his neck. As they fled the scene, Smollett told police they said, “This is MAGA country.”

Threatening letters directed at Smollett were reportedly sent to Fox Studios in Chicago a week before. The cutout letters read, “You will die black f**.” See below:

Hopefully, the Chicago Police Department is taking this case with the seriousness it deserves.

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