C'mon, let's be rational about this. Observations:
1. Smollett's claims raise a number of alarms, and rightly so - he deserved to be taken seriously and if his claims are true then I fully support bringing perpetrators to justice. Most reasonable people feel the same way as violence and prejudice are not justified.
2. Unfortunately, his story is inconsistent, and he is not fully cooperating. Now, one can argue that he was traumatized, but at some level he must assist in supporting his claims. (For example, he claimed a broken rib - and now he concedes he did not have one. And he is not cooperating in giving full access to his phone records - again a cause for suspicion).
3. Just as with the UVa Sabrina Rubin Erdeley escapade, Smollett's narrative is a perfect one - the political hats, slurs, and so on. This doesn't make Smollett's claims untrue, but it does mean that the CPD and others should proceed with a sense of skepticism. Not judgment, but a healthy skepticism. The lack of corroborating evidence in spaces with a massive number of security camera is not helping Smollett. And why the heck would one preserve their Subway sandwich when suffering from a broken rib, one of the most painful injuries around, does raise doubts. Rightfully, questions should be asked.
4. Smollett going on national TV last night only ups the ante. His claims better be accurate. If they are not, the police, given all of the resources they have put into this, will have to file charges against Smollett.
5. Beware of the perfect narrative. I recall with the UVa Sabrina Rubin Erdeley episode, a few days after Rolling Stone report. While I have no love of UVa or of Southern frats, and while I could envision them abusing a young woman, her narrative was far too perfect, fitting every progressive stereotype. I doubted the story was true. Of course, saying so in public was not possible, but my sense of it was entirely correct. I get the same vibe here, but must wait for the evidence to be examined and must withhold judgment.