Inmates cheer for suspected Chicago cop killer, video shows

PHOTO: Inmates are seen cheering suspected Chicago cop killer Shomari Legghette as he leaves his first court appearance in surveillance video released by the Cook County Sheriffs Office.PlayCook County Sheriff's Office
WATCH Video shows inmates cheering for suspected Chicago cop killer

As many as five inmates may face additional charges for clapping as the suspected killer of Chicago Police Cmdr. Paul Bauer was escorted from his first court appearance on Thursday.

The Cook County Sheriff’s Office released surveillance video that shows a group of detainees waiting in a holding cell to see a judge after suspect Shomari Legghette’s bond hearing. As officers escort Legghette past the holding cell, some of the inmates can be seen clapping.

“We are taking all the action in our power to address this horribly despicable behavior,” Cara Smith, chief policy officer for the Cook County Sheriff’s Office, said in a statement to ABC News. “We’ve forwarded the video to the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office for consideration in sentencing."

The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office told ABC News it has no comment on the video.

The sheriff’s office also revealed that it has begun transferring inmates involved to other jails in Illinois that work with their office.

Chicago has a long history of tensions between police and the communities they patrol, with those who commit crimes against police officers often lionized on the streets.

PHOTO: Chicago Police Commander Paul Bauer is seen in this undated police handout. Chicago Police Department/EPA via Shutterstock
Chicago Police Commander Paul Bauer is seen in this undated police handout.

Legghette allegedly shot Bauer six times after a foot chase and struggle inside a stairwell at Chicago’s Thompson Center on Tuesday. Legghette faces felony charges including first-degree murder and armed violence.

Bauer’s wake is scheduled for Friday -- a day that would have been his 16th wedding anniversary, according to ABC station WLS. He leaves behind a wife and daughter.

Bauer's funeral will follow on Saturday.