A 60-page file from the Chicago Police Department involving the investigation into the Jussie Smollett case was released Wednesday in connection with a Freedom of Information Act request.
“CPD released those records in response to a Freedom of Information Act request Wednesday morning, not realizing that the records were part of a judge’s order from Tuesday to seal all criminal records related to the case, according to CPD spokesman Anthony Guglielmi,” WLS reports. “Once the department was made aware that the records were part of the judge’s order to seal, they stopped the release of any other documents.”
Chicago’s WGN-TV also posted the file, and commented on some of its contents. Among those comments:
“Detectives found the hardware store where brothers Olabinjo and Abel Osundairo — two friends of Smollett’s — are said to have bought rope, masks and other supplies with $100 they said Smollett gave them.”
“Near the scene of the alleged attack, detectives found a hot sauce bottle the brothers said looked like the one they filled with bleach and poured on Smollett.”
The WGN report adds: “But it was interviews with the Osundairo brothers themselves that likely clinched the case.”
The report quotes detectives writing in the file: “Investigation revealed that a plan was formulated and put into play by SMOLLETT to conduct a staged incident where SMOLLETT was beaten by — brothers’ names redacted — posing as persons other than themselves.”