Following the reported homophobic assault on Empire star Jussie Smollett, Tuesday (Jan. 29), CNN reports that the Chicago PD has expanded the search area of their open investigation.
Since they’ve “reviewed hundreds of hours of video” that only shows Smollett standing alone, authorities are now widening their geographical search for additional surveillance, as they have yet to encounter any helpful information.
Additionally, CNN’s Sara Sidner explains, “So far, in a place so far with a high number of private surveillance cameras, they cannot find any images of the two alleged attackers. After combing through hundreds of hours of videos, the only image of Smollett police obtained from security cameras was inside the Subway sandwich shop near the location of the reported crime — and he was standing alone.”
Furthermore, Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says:
Chicago police detectives continue to investigate serious allegations of a potential racially charged hate crime that took place in the downtown area Tuesday morning around 2 a.m. The Streeterville neighborhood where the alleged attack occurred has a very high density of city and private surveillance cameras. As of 10 p.m. Tuesday, detectives canvassed and reviewed hundreds of hours of video and have now expanded the search area along the Chicago riverfront hoping to find video to be able to release a public description of the offenders. Unfortunately, thus far we have not found any helpful information on a suspect or a suspect’s vehicle to be able to share.
We are taking this investigation very seriously and detective teams will broaden our search area and work around the clock to look for video on traffic cameras, CTA buses and neighboring thoroughfares which could have captured the offender’s movements. The victim in this case is cooperating fully with detectives and our investigation continues.
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"Empire" actor Jussie Smollett was attacked in what Chicago police are calling a possible hate crime. One of his alleged attackers also put a rope around his neck, police say.
— New Day (@NewDay) January 30, 2019