Finnigan was once a highly-decorated officer who solved crimes and saved lives. But at some point, the Chicago police officer went rogue. He became the ringleader of a group of cops who shook down alleged drug dealers, stole hundreds of thousands of dollars, and lied in bogus reports. Some of those shakedowns - one of which was caught on a Southwest Side bar surveillance camera - were extraordinarily bold.The guys on SOS had 50 or more complaints against them. Most were never investigated, and if they hadn't been caught in some acts on security cameras, they would probably still be in business. As it is, SOS was closed down 4 years ago. (Not that it was the only problem Chicago PD had.)
"Innocent people -- not just drug dealers, not just bad guys -- but innocent people were hurt and hurt deeply by this," Prof. Craig Futterman, University of Chicago, said.
Saturday, September 10, 2011
It is probably as good as we can hope for. Ex-Chicago police officer Jerome Finnigan from SOS unit sentenced to 12 years in hiring hit man to kill officer who was to testify against him | abc7chicago.com That isn't all that SOS got up to.