Judge Releases Photo Of Policemen Forcing A Black Man To Wear Antlers


An Illinois judge recently ordered the release of a photo showing two white police officers forcing a black suspect to get on his stomach while wearing deer antlers.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the photo was taken at a police station between 1999 and 2003 and was given to police investigators by federal prosecutors in 2013.

The two officers in the photo were identified as Jerome Finnigan (left) and Timothy McDermott (right).

Last year, McDermott was fired over the photo following a 5-4 vote by the Chicago Police Board.

McDermott, who received 74 awards from the department throughout his career, is currently appealing his termination.

Finnigan is serving a 12-year prison sentence for his involvement in a gang of cops that committed robberies and home invasions.

In an interview with the FBI, Finnigan said the suspect was arrested for possession of "20 bags of weed" and gave them the rifles.

They let him go, however, because the man hadn't committed any serious crimes in the past.

Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy issued a statement to the Chicago Sun-Times, calling the photo "disgusting." He said,

In a 2013 interview with the police department's Bureau of Internal Affairs, McDermott suggested Finnigan orchestrated the photo.

He told Sergeant Michael Barz,

McDermott went on to say he was "embarrassed" by the photo and only participated "to fit in."

His next court appearance is scheduled for June 10.

Citations: CPD cops posed for photo standing over black man dressed in antlers (Chicago Sun-Times)