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Jussie Smollett case shines light on Chicago's litany of unsolved crimes

"It's still an open case," regretted his brother, Dr. Abdullah Pratt, who is practicing at the Emergency Room at the University of Chicago Medical Center, not far from growing up on the south side. "Of course I want more resources dedicated to it. Whether or not it really helps, I don't know.""I just wish that the family of violence in this city received this much attention, because it is who really deserves the amount of attention we give to this particular event," said Chicago police superintendent Eddie Johnson to reporters before the actor was arrested suspicions of submitting a false report. Police superintendent regretted resources could have been deployed elsewhere A team of detectives investigating the possible hate crime made it possible to test the area and interviewed more than 1 00 people, police said. They placed more than 20 private surveillance cameras and about 35 pole cameras and saw hours of imagery. Investigators cleared cell phone and financial records, police said. They tracked down two brothers Smollett who are allegedly paid to carry out the incident through cabins and rideshares they took after the reported attack. After learning the men had traveled to Nigeria, the detectives met the brothers at customs when they returned. Johnson said that Smollett did not receive more attention than any other alleged victim, but he regretted that resources that took place for the investigation could have been exploited elsewhere. "The detective work we have seen in this case is an indication of the work…

“It’s still an open case,” regretted his brother, Dr. Abdullah Pratt, who is practicing at the Emergency Room at the University of Chicago Medical Center, not far from growing up on the south side. “Of course I want more resources dedicated to it. Whether or not it really helps, I don’t know.”

“I just wish that the family of violence in this city received this much attention, because it is who really deserves the amount of attention we give to this particular event,” said Chicago police superintendent Eddie Johnson to reporters before the actor was arrested suspicions of submitting a false report.

Police superintendent regretted resources could have been deployed elsewhere

A team of detectives investigating the possible hate crime made it possible to test the area and interviewed more than 1

00 people, police said. They placed more than 20 private surveillance cameras and about 35 pole cameras and saw hours of imagery.

Investigators cleared cell phone and financial records, police said. They tracked down two brothers Smollett who are allegedly paid to carry out the incident through cabins and rideshares they took after the reported attack. After learning the men had traveled to Nigeria, the detectives met the brothers at customs when they returned.

Johnson said that Smollett did not receive more attention than any other alleged victim, but he regretted that resources that took place for the investigation could have been exploited elsewhere.

“The detective work we have seen in this case is an indication of the work our detectives do every day in this city,” he said.

Pratt, 29, has a close-up view of the violence that plagues the city – which, according to The Chicago Tribune has a killing rate of about 17%.

“The more people you see have these undissolved murders in their families and unsolved crimes, it puts it in the right context,” he says. “You say, okay, I’m not the only one who suffers and feels this way . “

The young doctor speaks at block parties and community forums and teaches residents to use tournaments on trauma wounds from shot and stabbing. He shares the story of his own loss with sad families. At the hospital, he must tell the parents that their child has given up And he often goes to burials for victims of rape victims. “19659002]” It is a natural feeling for most people to feel, OK, maybe if I had any extra detectors in this case, it would have been resolved, ” said Pratt. “There are times when I am jealous of cases that solve you. You believe selfishly sometimes. “

Still, he understands why police should devote resources to a high-profile case involving a celebrity claiming to be a victim of a racist and homophobic attack. The same can be said of media attention.

” Not at all, “Pratt said about the attention given to the Smollett survey.” It’s really more of the same when looking at Chicago and Illinois and politics. Is it outrageous? It is, of course, disturbing. I could think of a million topics that would take precedence over that incident. “

” It shouldn’t take star status to get justice “

During the weeks since the alleged attack turned a series of twists in Smollett’s story him from victim to suspect.

The actor has stood by his first claims that he was attacked, celebrities and politicians lent their support, but there were doubters.The setback grew stronger when social media used Smollett’s claims after the police said they “19659002]” There are so many other crimes happening in Chicago and they haven’t even solved them, says Sabrina Harris, whose 19-year-old son, Bryan, was shot and killed on August 14 in a convenience store in Harvey, a southern suburb of Chicago.

Taijean Hall, 17, was also killed. Two young men were later arrested in connection with the shootings.

“What made Jussie Smollett so special? It shouldn’t take star status to get any justice for anyone,” Harris said.

Arlene Scott said her son Clifton Barney, 17, was fatally shot in her southern side neighborhood on May 17, 2013. She said not to have spoken to the murder detective on the case of nearly two years. The resources of the Smollett case did not surprise her.

“There are some cases that they will focus on towards the young teenagers (who are) quite dead to each other,” she said.

Rev. Ira Acree, pastor of St. John’s Bible Church on the West Side, told CNN affiliate WGN that he has been waiting 11 years to know what happened to his cousin, Yasmin. She thought to be a missing person until evidence suggested she might have been kidnapped.

“Why so many resources for this case?” he said about the Smollett survey. “No one was injured. No one was killed. No one was killed … You shouldn’t have to be rich or famous or popular to pay attention to the Chicago Police Department’s detective unit.”

Father Michael Pfleger, pastor at Saint Sabina Church and an activist on Chicago’s southern side, went to Facebook to complain about investigative labor at the Smollett case.

At the city’s south and west sides, he wrote this week “we have hundreds of unsolved cases of children shot and killed, and parents can’t even get a call from a detective.”

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