As the man accused of fatally shooting a police commander earlier this week left his first court hearing on Thursday, video from inside a Cook County, Illinois, jail reportedly shows inmates clapping for him.
According to the Chicago Tribune, Shomari Legghette, 44, was arriving from court where he faced charges for the shooting death Chicago police Commander Paul Bauer, 53. Cook County jail officials said they planned to forward the footage depicting the five inmates’ “despicable” behavior to prosecutors so they consider it in possible sentencing hearings.
The offending inmates were among about 25 detainees waiting to see a judge. They were housed in an area called the bridge, which is located between the court and the jail, the newspaper reported.
In light of Thursday’s ordeal, Cara Smith, chief policy officer for Sheriff Tom Dart, told the Tribune that the inmates will be transferred to other jails in the county for “institutional purposes…so the jail can operate as it is intended.”
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Legghette was allegedly in a Thompson Center stairwell on Tuesday when he fired his semi-automatic gun seven times at Bauer while suited in body armor. At the time, the 31-year veteran was reportedly working with a tactical team to apprehend a suspect when he was shot dead.
WGN reported that a judge called Legghette a “real and present” danger to society, noting a 20-year criminal history that includes battery, armed robbery and felony drug charges.
Legghette is charged with first-degree murder, felon in possession of a firearm and possession of narcotics in connection with Bauer’s death. His bond was denied at the conclusion of Thursday’s hearing.
[Featured Image: Cook County Sheriff’s Office video screengrab]