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Inmates Who Clapped For Suspect Of Chicago Cop's Death May Face Reprisals

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Five Cook County Jail inmates who applauded as the man charged with the fatal shooting of a Chicago police commander was led by their cell could face reprisals for their actions.

  

The incident happened Thursday after suspect Shomari Legghette appeared in court on first-degree murder charges in the Tuesday slaying of Commander Paul Bauer.

Sheriff's Department official Cara Smith says Friday that a security camera captured the “disgraceful'' clapping by inmates being held in a holding cell pending action on their cases. She says the video is being sent to prosecutors so that if the men are convicted, the judge can consider it as a “factor in aggravation'' and perhaps impose a stiffer sentence.

The five inmates were transferred overnight from Chicago to a southern Illinois jail.

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