An Illinois judge has released a long-concealed picture that shows two Chicago police officers posing with an unidentified black man in antlers while holding rifles, making it seem as though he was the prey and they were the hunters.
The photo was made public on Wednesday by Cook County Judge Thomas Allen, and was taken between 1998 and 2003.
Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy called the photo “disgusting”.
“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.”
Jerome Finnigan (on the left) is currently serving a 12 year federal prison sentence for income tax evasion and robbery. The other officer, Timothy McDermott, was fired in 2014. Board members suggested that McDermott should be suspended by the majority stated that he was “appearing to treat an African-American man not as a human being but as a hunted animal is disgraceful and shocks the conscience”.
McDermott, who asked the judge to keep the photo under seal, is appealing against his dismissal in court, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.