Black Lives Matter Co-Founder Demands Jussie Smollett Be Freed from Jail
'He’s been sleeping on a restraint bed'
Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors, who describes herself as a “trained Marxist,” says she has visited disgraced actor Jussie Smollett in jail, where he was allegedly found “sleeping on a restraint bed.”
Cullors called Smollett’s treatment “unacceptable” and urged the public to call the jail and demand that the convicted felon be freed.
“I’m in Chicago and was able to see Jussie today, and he’s strong, but what’s happening inside is just — it’s just unacceptable,” Cullors said in a recent video.
“Today is the first day that he’s going to be able to get an actual bed.
"He’s been sleeping on a restraint bed.”
Hey guys! The founder of the LGBTQ organization “Black Lives Matter” Patrisse Cullors wants us to use the hashtag #FreeBussie and to continue calling the detention center so we can help free him . Will you do it? 🙄 pic.twitter.com/uiNGG53xH0— Rich (@blackfirst718) March 14, 2022
“They’ve also filed for him to be released — filed to the Appellate court,” the activist continued.
“Hopefully we’ll learn by this week, no later than Wednesday, if he’ll get out," she added.
“And, honestly, we just need folks to keep tagging ‘#FreeJussie,’ keep posting.”
“We need folks to call the jail and check upon him, but also say that you think he should be freed,” Cullors added.
“And the last thing is, we need folks to challenge the misinformation and disinformation around this case. That’s so critical.”
Cullors also claimed, “What happened to Jussie could happen to any of us, and it’s completely unacceptable.”
As Neon Nettle reported at the time:
In January 2019, Smollett had claimed he was physically attacked by two men wearing red hats who put a rope around his neck, poured bleach on him, and shouted racial and homophobic slurs at him, before eventually yelling, “This is MAGA country!” in reference to former President Donald Trump’s campaign slogan.
Smollett was sentenced to 150 days in jail, 30 months of probation, restitution of $120,106, and a fine of $25,000 on Thursday.
After sentencing Thursday, 41-year-old Jazz Smollett claimed her brother was innocent.
She also criticized how the case was handled, alleging, without evidence, that the conviction was a “miscarriage of justice.”
“This should not be a controversial statement because it is the absolute truth,” she said.
“What should be controversial is the entire miscarriage of justice his whole ordeal has been.”