Photo of White Officers With Black Man Wearing Antler Ears Causes Outrage

Photo of White Officers With Black Man Wearing Antler Ears Causes Outrage

A photo of two white Chicago police officers posing with guns while an unidentified African-American suspect with antler ears laid between them was recently obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times.

Published May 27, 2015

The list of racially charged incidents carried out by police nationwide continues to grow and the details of the offenses are becoming more and more foul.

A photo of two white Chicago police officers posing with guns while an unidentified African-American suspect with antler ears laid between them was recently obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times. The image has now been spread around the Internet and reported on outlets including Fox 32.

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The photo was taken between 1999 and 2003 and is part of court documents from a case that led to officer Timothy McDermott being fired from the department in 2013. He now drives a truck to support his family. The other officer, Jerome Finnigan, was sentenced to 12 years in prison in 2011 for leading a mob of officers who robbed people, invaded homes and other crimes.

Attorneys for the officers asked Judge Thomas Allen to keep the photo sealed, but their request was denied in March.

Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy is outraged by the photo, telling the Sun-Times that it “is disgusting, and the despicable actions of these two former officers have no place in our police department or in our society."

McDermott and Finnigan told investigators that the man in the photo was arrested for carrying drugs. Buy the former officers never filed an arrest report and let him go because he did not have a criminal background. 

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