The prosecutors who dropped all charges against actor Jussie Smollett on Tuesday should have warned the Chicago police about their plans – and now owe the public an explanation for what happened to the case, says a former state’s attorney for Chicago’s Cook County.

Earlier on Tuesday, the state’s attorney dropped the 16 charges against Smollett, which included disorderly conduct for filing a false police report. Smollett’s attorney later said that that state had also moved to “seal the record in this case.” Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel and Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson expressed frustration that the state’s attorney’s office had dropped the charges against Smollett, who stars in the hit TV show Empire and was accused of elaborately staging a hate crime in Chicago in January.

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