— Chicago Sun-Times (@Suntimes) May 27, 2015
The Chicago Police Department finds itself under fire after a judge ordered the release of a photo depicting two Chicago PD officers posing with a black man wearing antlers.
The photo shows Chicago Police Officers Jerome Finnigan, left, and Timothy McDermott kneeling with rifles over an unidentified man.
The photo, believed to have been taken in a West Side police station sometime between 1999 and 2003, was published on Tuesday by The Chicago Sun-Times. It was released in March of this year by a Cook County, Illinois, judge.
NBC Chicago reports the photo was given to Chicago PD officials in January of last year, leading to an investigation and eventual termination of McDermott after a Police Board hearing in October of 2014. Finnigan, involved in an earlier scandal involving officers of the Special Operations Section of the police department, is currently serving a 12-year sentence for his role in a murder-for-hire scheme as well as income tax evasion.
The other officer in the photo, Finnigan, is also the face of a scandal involving the Special Operations Section of the police department and is currently serving a 12-year sentence in a federal prison in Florida. He pleaded guilty to charges in a murder-for-hire scheme and income tax evasion, relating to money he stole as a police officer. The Sun-Times elaborated on the sentence, writing he “led a crew of rogue cops in robberies, home invasions and other crimes.”
Police Supt. Garry McCarthy told NBC Chicago in a statement that: “this picture is disgusting, and the despicable actions of these two former officers have no place in our police department or in our society,” adding:
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, which is why I fired the officer involved as soon as I learned about photo. Our residents deserve better than this, as do the thousands of good men and women in this department.
You can watch a news clip, below, courtesy of NBC Chicago: