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(Huffington Post)   Driving the wrong way on a one way road? That's 28 bullets in the body and 40 years in prison   ( divider line
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2013-03-17 10:22:47 AM  
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Benjamin Orr: You must be reading different links than me then. They don't mention ballistic tests but they do mention the other cops being shot and taken to the hospital to get the bullets taken out.

Given the general accuracy of police in shootings like this, they probably shot each other.
2013-03-17 11:50:36 AM  
1 vote:
So...... officers are called to the scene because of reports of a gun being fired. They see a van going the wrong way down a one-way street. They pull over the van and with guns drawn remove the black suspect, who likely gives them attitude because he's a cop himself. While frisking him one of the officers shouts out, "Oh shiat, he's got a gun!". A nervous cop fires his weapon, causing all the other officers to fire their weapons. Given how close they were all to each other and the van the officers likely wounded each other with friendly fire and/or a  ricochet. Thinking they just killed a fellow officer they take his weapon and fire it into the air and maybe even into a bullet-proof jacket of one of the officers in order to justify things.

/Too far fetched?
2013-03-17 10:57:32 AM  
1 vote:

Benjamin Orr: onyxruby: This sounds horrible, in have to wonder if there is something being left out.

This is just a biased hit piece. Every other source that isn't huffpo actually mentions the fact that the cops were shot.

If that were the case then the charge for discharging a firearm would have stuck.
2013-03-17 10:55:27 AM  
1 vote:

Benjamin Orr: Officer Eric White told the judge he drove his wounded partner, Officer Nicholas Olsen, to the hospital.

"By the grace of God, all of us, including Howard Morgan, survived that morning," he read from a victim-impact statement.

"The bullet fragment in my leg doesn't really bother me. The one I heard and felt whiz past my left ear that gives me nightmares, and watching as he shot John Wrigley in the chest will torment me forever," he read. o r-man-shot-28-times-by-chicago-cops.html

I wonder if any ballistic evidence was presented to show if the bullet fragment came from Morgan's gun, which the first jury says wasn't discharged, or friendly fire from one of the other three cops.... maybe a ricochet  off Morgan's van, which is why it had to be destroyed before forensic evidence could be gathered?
2013-03-17 10:50:01 AM  
1 vote:

Benjamin Orr: But prosecution testimony indicated that Morgan's gun had fired 17 rounds and tests showed he had traces of gunshot residue on his hands, indicating he had fired the gun, Groth said.

The officers testified that after pulling Morgan's van over he jumped out and began cursing at them. He became more unruly as officers tried to calm him down, Groth said. He ignored requests to put his hand on the van, Groth said.

Olsen was shot in the arm and White was shot in the leg, Groth said.

---------- e -identification-service-handgun-police-officer

Way to leave out the parts of that article that are inconvenient to you, ace.

Morgan's lawyer, Sam Adam Jr., said his client said in testimony that after being pulled over he was yanked out of his car and pounced on by the officers after telling them he was a police officer. Adam said Morgan struggled to get free to show his police identification.

"He's in custody saying, 'I'm a cop,' 'I'm a cop,' I'm a cop,' " Adam said.

As the officers searched him, one of the officers found Morgan's gun in his waistband and yelled out, "Gun!" Adam said. He said Morgan felt the gun ripped out of his waistband as the shooting started.

Adam said the officers were shot by "friendly fire."

The thing that's inconsistent between these articles is whether or not the gunshot residue tests were actually produced or not.

Of course, you do end up with one of the whiniest cop statements I've ever seen:

"You shot me, Morgan," Wrigley yelled in court. "You came very close to taking my life."

Shot once in the leg = came close to ending his life.  Shot 28 times?  Eh...
2013-03-17 10:38:22 AM  
1 vote:
Oh well...i care about two groups of cops shooting each other up about as much as i care about two drug dealers shooting each other.

At least it wasnt a civilian the cops illegally shot this time.
2013-03-17 10:10:19 AM  
1 vote:

stirfrybry: The police story doesn't even make sense. What possible motivation could the guy have had to open fire?

What possible motivation would four cops have had to open fire on someone they pulled over for a traffic violation?
2013-03-17 09:40:44 AM  
1 vote:
perhaps this is the case that inspired the new ex-cop 102 bullets into a truck / burn the guy alive in a house instead of taking him to court law.
2013-03-17 09:34:42 AM  
1 vote:
Every other story I can find about this says that three of the cops were shot. Smells like manufactured outrage to me.
2013-03-17 09:10:57 AM  
1 vote:
Can we drop the black and white shiat?

If anyone, male or female, latino, asian, black or white, midget or tall, crosses that blue line, they will get crossed.

/Racial goldstein award for the next pic that includes watermelon.
2013-03-17 09:10:28 AM  
1 vote:
That does sound terrible.

However, we don't know the whole story. And I'm tired of "don't-forget-to-be-outraged-by-this" journalism.
2013-03-17 08:53:25 AM  
1 vote:
So they can't find the bullet proof vests with slugs in them the cops were wearing and they crushed the guys van and they never checked for powder residue on him. Come on. He's still guilty driving while black.
2013-03-17 08:50:47 AM  
1 vote:
This is older than that moldy thing the the back of bachelor's fridge.

And also reeks of the the killing of the officer from season one of 'the shield', except done more stupidly.

Of course being chicago police officers, nothing wrong was done.

/Are we done here.
2013-03-17 08:44:21 AM  
1 vote:
No professional courtesy?

He must have been behind in his tribute payments.
2013-03-17 03:02:00 AM  
1 vote:
Indeed, when will people learn to stop driving while black?
2013-03-17 02:56:12 AM  
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