A horrifying video has emerged from Chicago, showing inmates at a Cook County jail facility cheering a man who, last week, allegedly shot and killed a Chicago police commander execution style, leaving the officer dead, riddled with at least six bullets.
Chicago Police Cmdr. Paul Bauer was shot dead in broad daylight in the middle of downtown Chicago last Wednesday, after he responded to a call for help from fellow officers pursuing a man who had run from them during a drug bust. When Officer Bauer caught up to the suspect, the suspect allegedly pushed him down a short flight of stairs, and while Bauer lay sprawled on the landing, shot Bauer six times in the head, neck, and chest.
The suspect, Shomari Legghette, is a repeat offender.
But as Legghette was being led away from his bond hearing on Thursday — his first court appearance in the matter — he was led past a number of Cook County inmates waiting to see the judge for their arraignments. The inmates, noticing that Legghette was the man who accused of shooting Bauer, cheered him on, clapping and hollering.
WATCH (the surveillance video in question starts at about the 20 second mark):
The Cook County Sheriff's Department released the video on Friday without comment. They say they plan to forward the video on to the Cook County State's Attorney's office so that the suspects who cheered can be identified, and the video can be used in their sentencing if they are convicted.
The chief policy officer for Cook County, Sheriff Tom Dart, said that, at the very least, the five inmates in the video will be transferred to a jail further downstate so that they will be cut off from friends and family while they await trial.
But, of course, not everyone agrees that the inmates' behavior is as "despicable" as the Cook County Sheriff believes it is. According to the Associated Press article linked above, at least one of the five inmates' defense attorneys is already claiming that the cheer was "a clear exercise of their right to free speech," and that his client's behavior shouldn't impact any decision on jail time.