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

Chicago Police Department

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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