This racially charged photograph of two white, rifle-wielding police officers kneeling beside a black suspect wearing deer antlers is stirring up controversy across the country. And it’s certainly one photo the Chicago Police Department never wanted you to see. However, a judge recently ruled against the department and ordered them to release it to the public.
The Polaroid picture, believed to have been taken in the tactical office of the Harrison Police District on the West Side, features Jerome Finnigan and Timothy McDermott pretending they just hunted and killed the unidentified man. It didn’t even surface until Finnigan was sentenced to 12 years in prison for pleading guilty to stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from suspected drug dealers.
He was allegedly the ringleader of the now disbanded drug unit, where he organized home invasions and robberies. Finnigan also plead guilty to plotting to have another officer killed in a murder-for-hire scheme. Prosecutors described him as one of the dirtiest cops in the city’s history.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, McDermott was just fired last year by a 5-4 vote by the police board.
When asked about the shocking image, Finnigan explained to prosecutors that the suspect was in possession of “20 bags of weed.” Apparently, neither officer bothered to file a police report since the guy had no real criminal background.