BLM co-founder asks followers to ‘call the jails’ and demand Jussie Smollett’s release
After Jussie Smollett was sentenced to 150 days in jail, Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors is calling on her supporters to call the jail and demand that the former Empire star be released.
Cullors told her followers that she was able to visit Smollett while she was in Chicago, saying that “he’s strong but what’s going on inside is right – it’s just unacceptable”.
“Today is the first day he’s going to be able to get a real bed. He’s sleeping on a compression bed,” Cullors said.
Following Smollett’s outburst during sentencing in which he proclaimed his innocence and shouted ‘I’m not suicidal’, Smollett underwent a ‘medical, mental health and security assessment’ at the county jail by Cook.
“They’ve also asked that he be released, filed with the appeals court. Hopefully we’ll know by this week, no later than Wednesday if he’s coming out,” Cullors continued.
“And honestly, we just need people to keep tagging Free Jussie, keep posting. We need people to call the jails and watch him, but also say you think he should be released,” a- she asked her followers.
“And the last thing is that we need people to challenge the misinformation and the misinformation around this case. It’s so critical. What happened to Jesse can happen to any of us, and it’s is totally unacceptable,” she concluded.
Late last week, Smollett was sentenced to 150 days in jail, 30 months felony probation, as well as $120,106 restitution and a $25,000 fine in response to the felony prank of hate he orchestrated in 2019.
“If I did this, it means I put my fist into the fears of black Americans in this country for over 400 years and the fears of LGBTQ people. Your Honor, I respect you and I respect the jury, but “I didn’t do this. Do this and I’m not suicidal. If anything happens to me when I get in there. I didn’t do this to myself. And you all should know that,” Smollett said immediately after reading his sentence.
“Let me tell you Mr. Smollett, I know there is nothing I will do here today that can come close to the damage you have already done to your own life. You have turned your life upside down here, misconduct and shenanigans. You destroyed your life as you knew it. And there’s nothing a sentencing judge can do to you that can compare to the damage you’ve already done to yourself.” Judge James Linn told Smollett shortly before sentencing.