A former Chicago cop has been convicted of trying to kill four police officers even though he sustained 28 shots to the body by police during a West Side traffic stop. On Friday, a jury found Howard Morgan, 61, guilty on attempted murder charges—five years after another jury, deadlocked on the same charges, had acquitted him from the incident originating from 2005. The Chicago Fraternal Order of Police praised the verdict, declaring "justice served" on its website Friday. Meanwhile, Morgan's wife and others in the Chicago community are outraged, and are fighting the decision with an appeal.
What is odd about this is that Morgan, a Chicago Police veteran, was off-duty as a detective for the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad when he was stopped for driving the wrong way on a one-way street near 19th Street and Lawndale in the early morning hours of Feb. 21, 2005. Police and prosecutors attest that Morgan, who has no prior convictions, arrests, and never had any drugs or alcohol in his system, started the fire fight which occurred around the corner from his home. As a result of his gangster-like actions, Howard Morgan received 28 shots from three White officers after allegedly wounding one officer in the incident.
Are we buying any of this?