In what is seemingly an epic about face from the Chicago, IL justice system, all 16 charges surrounding Empire actor Jussie Smollett allegedly staging the hate crime against him in late January, were dropped against on Tuesday in what the Cook County state's attorney called an "appropriate resolution". Smollett will forfeit $10,000put down towards his $100,000 bond, his prior "volunteer service" played in role in the state's reasoning.

The Chicago Police and Mayor Rahm Emanuel were more than a little irate over this decision by the local state's attorney. Mayor Emanuel called the decision "a whitewash of justice" and emphatically stood by the work of his department on the case, as did Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson. Mayor Emanuel went on to ask, "is there no decency in this man [Smollett]?"

"He took those laws and turned them inside out and upside down," Mayor Emmanuel went on, referencing the hate crime laws on the books. Superintendent Johnson was more blunt, "Do I think justice was served? No. And I think this city is still owed an apology."

Fox said it is "gratified" over the decision. Smollett says he wants "to get back to work" but his lawyers (one of whom has been named as a co-conspirator in Stormy Daniels' attorney Michael Avenatti's recent arrest for allegedly trying to extort $20 million from Nike) are not ruling out a lawsuit against the city – they were mum on that question today.

It is also unclear what will happen as far as federal charges perhaps also being filed against Smollett because of the racist and homophobic letter which also factored into the case – the feds say they "are not certain" Smollett wrote and sent it to himself.