Judge upholds firing of cop for racially charged photo

AP News
Posted: Jun 10, 2015 5:38 PM

CHICAGO (AP) — A judge has upheld the firing of a Chicago police officer for a photo that made it appear he and another officer had just hunted and killed an African-American man.

Circuit Judge Thomas Allen on Wednesday said the Chicago Police Board's decision last year to fire Officer Timothy McDermott was justified because the photo was "horribly offensive." The black man in the photo is wearing antlers and the officers are standing over him and holding guns.

McDermott's lawyer, Daniel Herbert, said he would appeal. He argued firing McDermott was too harsh.

McDermott told police internal affairs in 2013 that he made a mistake.

The photo is believed to have been taken between 1999 and 2003. It was recently made public.

The other officer is serving a prison sentence for corruption.