A Chicago police officer was fired after he took a controversial photo with an African American suspect.
The image, which was finally released to the public by a judge on Tuesday night, showed officers Timothy McDermott and Jerome Finnigan posing with rifles over a black suspect, who is wearing antlers.
The photo is believed to have been taken sometime between 1999 and 2003, at which time Finnigan was jailed for leading a group of fellow officers on a crime spree. It was after his arrest that the picture was turned over the Chicago Police Department, who immediately launched an investigation.
Last year, the department’s board voted to fire McDermott by a vote of 5-4.
“Appearing to treat an African-American man not as a human being but as a hunted animal is disgraceful and shocks the conscience,” the board wrote of their decision.
Superintendent Garry McCarthy later described the photo:
“[the photo] is disgusting, and the despicable actions of these two former officers have no place in our police department or in our society. As the superintendent of this department, and as a resident of our city, I will not tolerate this kind of behavior, and that is why neither of these officers works for CPD today. I fired one of the officers and would have fired the other if he hadn’t already been fired by the time I found out about the picture. Our residents deserve better than this, as do the thousands of good men and women in this department.”
McDermott claimed that he did not remember the photo being taken, but he did recall that the suspect had been arrested on drug charges and was later let go.
“I am embarrassed by my participation in this photograph,” McDermott said. “I made a mistake as a young, impressionable police officer who was trying to fit in.”
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