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How Chicago police cracked the Jussie Smollett case

Jussie Smollett
Epire actor Jussie Smollett leaving Cook County jail. Photo: Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images

Chicago's extensive web of surveillance cameras was key to law enforcement's success in tracking down Jussie Smollett's two co-conspirators, who helped the "Empire" actor stage an allegedly fake hate crime for which he has since been charged, the AP reports.

Details: By leveraging Chicago's colossal camera network — which has more than 32,000 cameras on buildings, poles, buses and even some private residences (with the owners' permission) — detectives were able to track the men's movements after the attack. Investigators used footage from the men's cab — whose driver they also interviewed — and following the vehicle "along a trail of cameras" to Chicago's North Side. They also reviewed "telephone logs, ride-share records and credit card records" as evidence to bring charges against Smollett.