"There is still an open case," his brother, Dr. Abdullah Pratt, said, practicing in the emergency room of the Medical Center at Chicago University, not far from where he grew up on the South. "I personally, of course, want to devote more resources, whether it actually helps or not, I do not know."
"I just want the families of gun violence in this city to receive so much attention because it's really worth the great attention we give to this particular incident," said Chicago Police Inspector Eddie Johnson to reporters before the actor was arrested on a suspicion of having filed a fake report.
A team of detectives investigating potential hate crimes interrogated the area and interviewed more than 1
Investigators investigated mobile and financial records, police reported, and they discovered two Smolet brothers alleged to have paid to make the incident through the cabin and the carts that they took after the reported attack.After learning that the men had traveled to Nigeria, the detectives met the brothers of the customs when they returned.
Johnson said that Smolet was not given more attention than any other suspected victim of a crime, but complained that the funds for the investigation could be located elsewhere.
"The detective work we saw in this case is indicative of the work our detectives are doing every day in this city," he said.
Pratt, 29, had a close look at violence with weapons that devastated the city – which according to the Chicago Tribune has a degree of murder of about 17%.
"The more people see that they have these unsolved murders in their families and undetected crimes, that puts it to a certain extent in an appropriate context," he said. "You say, Okay, I'm not the only one who suffers and feels that way."
The young doctor speaks in blocks and public forums and teaches residents to use wound turnoffs for wounds from shooting and puncture. He shares the story of his own loss with the grieving families. At the hospital, he must tell the parents that their child is undergoing bullet wounds. He often visits funerals for victims of violence with weapons.
"It's a natural emotion for most people to feel like, OK, maybe if I had some extra detectives on this case, it would have been resolved," Pratt said. "There are times when I'm jealous of cases that are being solved, sometimes you think selfishly."
However, he understands why the police will devote resources to the high-profile case involving a celebrity claiming to be a victim of a racist and homophobic attack. The same can be said about media attention. "That does not shock me at all," Pratt said of the attention given to the small-scale investigation. "It's much more like that when you look at Chicago and Illinois and politics, and it's upset, of course, it's upset, I can think of a million topics that can take precedence over this incident."
"In the weeks following the alleged attack, a series of twists in Smolet's history transformed him from a victim into a suspect.
The actor faced his initial allegations that he had been attacked. Celebrities and politicians have given up their support, but there were doubts. The reaction has grown as social media users have questioned Smolet's allegations after the police said they could not find a video recording of the incident from cameras for surveillance.
"There are so many other crimes that are happening in Chicago, and they have not even allowed it," said Sabrina Harris, whose 19-year-old son, Brian, was shot and murdered on August 14 in a shop in Harvey, south suburb of Two young men later arrested in connection with the shooting
"What did Yousse Smletlet do so special? He should not have a star status to get some justice for anyone, "said Harris County on May 17, 2013. She said he had not spoken to a murderer in the case for nearly two years, "There are certain cases in which they will focus on young teenagers who are almost killing each other," she said.
Father Michael Pfleger, pastor of Saint Sabina Church and activist in South Chicago, turned to Facebook to complain to the investigating workforce in the case of Smolet .
In the southern and western part of the city, he writes this week, "we have hundreds of unauthorized cases shot and killed, and parents can not even get a call from a detective."