Five Deputies Charged in Chicago
CHICAGO (AP) _ Five white sheriff’s deputies face criminal charges for allegedly chasing and opening fire on a black couple in their car while the officers were off-duty.
Two of the deputies were charged Friday with attempted murder and aggravated discharge of a firearm. All five also were charged with obstruction of justice, prosecutors said.
``You have an individual firing into an occupied vehicle without any justification under the law,″ Cook County State’s Attorney Richard Devine said Friday.
An attorney for Cory Simmons, 23, and his girlfriend, Dominique Mapp, 20, had alleged the June 2 confrontation was racially motivated, but Devine said there was no such evidence.
According to the charges, the deputies thought Simmons had cut them off in traffic. They then allegedly chased him and subsequently opened fire, shattering the rear window of the car.
Sgt. Thomas Lanigan, 34, fired at the vehicle as Anthony Bohling, a 32-year-old deputy, drove, according to Devine. Both were charged with attempted murder, aggravated discharge of a firearm, official misconduct and obstruction of justice.
Deputies Andrew Remus, 37, Daniel Troike, 27, and former deputy Robert Jones, 29, are charged with official misconduct and obstruction of justice. Both charges are felonies.
All five were released on bond Friday.
The Cook County sheriff’s office announced Friday that Lanigan was suspended. Bohling, Remus and Troike were stripped of their police powers and placed in administrative jobs. Jones resigned from his job in July.