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American News Mar 15, 2022 2:42 PM EST

BLM co-founder asks followers to 'call the jails' and demand Jussie Smollett be freed

"And honestly, we just need folks to keep tagging Free Jussie, keep posting. We need folks to call the jails and and check up on him, but also say that you think he should be freed."

BLM co-founder asks followers to 'call the jails' and demand Jussie Smollett be freed
Hannah Nightingale Washington DC

Following Jussie Smollett’s sentencing to 150 days in jail, Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors is calling for her followers to call the jail and demand that the former Empire star be freed.

Cullors told her followers that she was able to visit Smollett while she was in Chicago, saying that "he's strong but what's happening inside is just — it's just unacceptable."

"Today's the first day that he's going to be able to get an actual bed. He's been sleeping on a restraint bed," Cullors said.

Following Smollett’s outburst at the sentencing in which he proclaimed his innocence and yelled "I am not suicidal," Smollett underwent a "medical, mental health, and security assessment" at Cook County jail.

"They've also filed for him to be released, filed to the appellate court. Hopefully, we'll learn by this week, no later than Wednesday if he'll get out," Cullors continued.

"And honestly, we just need folks to keep tagging Free Jussie, keep posting. We need folks to call the jails and and check up on him, but also say that you think he should be freed," she requested of her followers.

"And the last thing is we need folks to challenge the misinformation and disinformation around this case. That's so critical. What happened to Jesse can happen to any of us, and it's completely unacceptable," she concluded.

Late last week, Smollett was sentenced to 150 days in jail, 30 months of felony probation, as well as restitution of $120,106 and a $25,000 fine in response to the hate crime hoax he orchestrated in 2019.

"If I did this, that it means that I stuck my fist in the fears of black Americans in this country for over 400 years and the fears of the LGBTQ. Your Honor, I respect you and I respect the jury, but I did not do this and I am not suicidal. If anything happens to me when I go in there. I did not do it to myself. And you must all know that," Smollett said immediately following the reading of his sentence.

"Let me tell you Mr. Smollett, I know that there is nothing that I will do here today that can come close the damage you've already done to your own life. You've turned your life upside down here, misconduct and shenanigans. You've destroyed your life as you knew it. And there's nothing that any sentencing judge could do to you that can compare to the damage you've already caused yourself," Judge James Linn told Smollett shortly before the sentencing was handed down.

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