State appeals court: Chicago officer shouldn't get job back

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Posted: Jul 12, 2016 2:31 PM

CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois appellate court has ruled that a Chicago police detective shouldn't get his job back after he was fired for a photo that made it appear he and another officer had hunted and killed an African-American man.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports (http://bit.ly/29tUzqV ) the appellate court upheld the Chicago Police Board's decision to fire Timothy McDermott. McDermott appealed a Cook County judge's decision to uphold his firing. The appellate court found the police board's ruling wasn't unreasonable.

The black man in the photo is wearing antlers and the officers are standing over him holding guns. McDermott's attorney, Daniel Herbert, said they respect the court's decision. Herbert called the case "a chilling example" of a "10-second decision" bringing down a career.

The other officer is serving a prison sentence for corruption.

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Information from: Chicago Sun-Times, http://chicago.suntimes.com/