All charges have been dropped in the hate-crime hoax against Jussie Smollett.
Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said he does not believe justice was served in the case against Smollett. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel added that the outcome was a "whitewash of justice."
"Our officers did hard work day in and day out, countless hours working to unwind what actually happened that night. The city saw its reputation dragged through the mud ... It's not just the officers' work, but the work of the grand jury that made a decision based on only a sliver of the evidence [presented]," he continued. "Because of the judge's decision, none of that evidence will ever be made public."
Johnson added, "If someone ever falsely accused me [of a crime], I would never hide behind a brokered deal and secrecy."
Smollett claimed two men attacked him and placed a rope around his neck before yelling, "This is MAGA country."
Smollett was charged with one count of lying to the authorities on Feb. 20. Then a grand jury indicted him on 16 felony counts of lying to authorities — eight counts for what he told the officer who responded to the report of the Jan. 29 attack in Chicago, and eight counts for what he told a detective about being the victim of a racist attack by two masked men.
A rep for 20th Century Fox Television and Fox Entertainment, which airs "Empire," responded with a statement: "Jussie Smollett has always maintained his innocence and we are gratified on his behalf that all charges against him have been dismissed.”