Tina Knowles-Lawson recently discussed the recent trial of Jussie Smollett, who was convicted of five counts of disturbing the peace for making false police reports, after staging a fake crime of hatred against himself. Tina Knowles-Lawson asked her Instagram followers if they thought Smollett would receive the same compassion as Amy Cooper.
As a reminder, Amy Cooper is a white woman, who had alerted the police about Christian Cooper, a black man, in Central Park by claiming that the latter was threatening her with death. She was later charged with filing a false police report. However, the charges were dropped in February 2021 after she completed an educational course.
Tina Knowles-Lawson posed the question on Instagram on Saturday, sharing a column published in CNN by Issac Bailey: “The article goes on to say that both were wrong but that Jussie faces possible jail time and Amy Cooper The Woman who called the police and lied that the black man watching Bird in Central Park was trying to attack him. Which led to the arrest of the man who, in the history of black men in custody, could have led to his death! “
She continued, “ Amy Cooper got away with a public service. We will see what it will be for this black man. Will he have the same compassion as Amy Cooper? I do not apologize for what Mr. Smollet was convicted of. I’m just asking if he will have the same compassion and understanding for knowingly lying to the police. Kyle Rittenhouse was released after killing two people because the jury was out of compassion? “