This photo, believed to have been taken between 1999 and 2003, provided by the Cook County Court, in Illinois, shows an image of Chicago Police Officers Jerome Finnigan, left, and Timothy McDermott, right, with an unidentified man, that was made public after McDermott filed a lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court seeking to rejoin the Chicago Police Department. The Chicago Police Board fired McDermott in October 2014 after finding him guilty of bringing discredit on the department by taking part in the photo, disrespecting or maltreating a person on or off duty, and unlawful or unnecessary use or display of a weapon. (AP via U.S. News)
A more than decade-old photo of two White Chicago police officers posing in a parody of a hunting trophy shot has sparked new outrage.
The photo depicts the two officers holding rifles in their hands and crouched over a Black arrestee, who has antlers on his head, according to CNN.
The photo was taken between 1999 and 2003, and was initially found during an investigation involving one of the officers, Jerome Finnigan. Finnigan was sentenced in 2013 to 12 years in prison for leading a crew of rogue cops in robberies, home invasions and other crimes, according to the Chicago Sun Times.
The other officer depicted, Timothy McDermott, was fired in October but is seeking reinstatement. The photo was released in late May by a judge over the objections of the police department and McDermott.
“As far as I’m concerned, to that officer: Good riddance,” Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel told Chicago ABC affiliate WLS-TV. “You don’t belong in the Police Department. Our whole idea of the Police Department (is that it) is there to serve and protect, and the values expressed in that photo are not the values of the people of the city of Chicago.”