Update on the Officer Howard Morgan Case – Commuted Sentence

Thank you to departing Illinois Governor Pat Quinn for doing the almost right thing. If you remember SaySomethinL.A. posted about this case last year. Howard Morgan was a detective assigned to the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad. When he was driving home from his job at 12:45 a.m. on February 21. He was driving on the wrong side of the street three Chicago Police Officers were involved they shot this man 28 times. The only witness to the crime said he never fired his weapon, his hands were behind his back when the shooting started. In addition to the 28 bullets there were several more to his van. The police photographs show Mr. Morgan’s lights were on! Morgan was found not guilty of battery and discharging a fire arm. Yet a retrial he was found guilty and sentenced to 40 years. And the prosecuting attorney a Dan Groth said he earned every bullet. Well “Thank God!” for everyone that knew this was a tragedy and spoke out. Thank you Governor Pat Quinn, even if you did wait until you were leaving office, for doing the almost RIGHT Thing. Initially I thought Govenor Quinn pardoned him, but I guess he’s not that “Stand up.” Once again, I do know there are good police officers in the world but the bad ones like Timothy Finley, John Wrigley, Eric White, and Nicolas Olsen, what awful terrible human beings. I hope you are in some way prosecuted to the fullest extent of the very laws you have violated.

Howard Morgan – If this was your Father, Brother, Son

I was wondering what happenend to Howard Morgan – Forty years for being an African American male in the Chicago. The price he paid forty years. Mike Brown, Trayvon Martin, and countless others their lives. Read on and sign the petition.

Part of the Chicago Police Departments mission says “The Chicago Police Department, as part of, and empowered by, the community, is committed to protect the lives, property, and rights of all people, to maintain order, and to enforce the law impartially.”

I’m sure they have some outstanding police officers on their force. But they have four that are less than scum and have no character or integrity. Mr. Morgan was an ex Chicago Police Officer, and at the time a current Railway officer when a most horrific nightmare begin. Now both parties agree he was driving down a one-way street the wrong way. (I have inadvertently turned down a one way street, but I would hope it wouldn’t cost my life or leave me disable) Now, I know the job of a police officer is dangerous and it is very hard. However, that does not give them the license to kill. And that’s what these four decided to do.

It is reported that no forensic was performed to determine if Mr. Morgan’s weapon was even fired.
It is reported that they fired 106 rounds, Mr. Morgan was hit 28 times, and 21 of those shots were to his back.

He was acquitted of all charges including firing his weapon except for attempted murder, which the first jury deadlocked on. The District Attorney’s office chose to retry this case and with jury instruction against hearing several facts of the case, a second jury found him guilty, a 40-year sentence. L.A., I can’t tell you how much this upsets my spirit, my heart aches b/c of the injustice these 4 were able to get away with. Stand up and go to the Free Howard Morgan page and sign the petition. These 4 obviously have not read the mission of the CPD, either that or they don’t care what it says. CPD don’t let these 4 reflect who you are as a department. Don’t wait for someone you love to be hurt. Do Something L.A., go to http://www.freehowardmorgan.com/ and sign the petition.