Off Duty Cop Shot 28 Times by Fellow Officers, Gets Charged With Attempted Murder

At a time when the shooting death of Florida of Florida teen Trayvon Martin has been drawing supporters from across the country, Chicago is embroiled in it’s own shooting scandal.

Howard Morgan, who is black, was working as a policeman for the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Line in 2005 when he was shot 28 times by four white police officers during a traffic stop. Morgan spent 7 months in the hospital and was later charged with four counts of attempted murder; three counts of aggravated battery and one count of aggravated discharge of a firearm at a police officer.

In 2007, a jury acquitted Morgan of aggravated battery and discharging a weapon at a police officer. They deadlocked on attempted murder charges.

Prosecutors retried the case and in January, and a second jury found Morgan guilty on the attempted murder counts. Morgan’s supporters argue that the verdict subjected him to double jeopardy because he was acquitted in the first trial of discharging a weapon.

“This man is the only man in the world who was shot 28 times and still alive to tell the truth about what happened,” Rosalind Morgan said. “This is crazy. There’s been a news blackout. I had to go outside to get someone to help.”

“He should have been acquitted of the remaining charges,” Rosalind Morgan added. “His constitutional rights were violated. He did not have a fair trial.”

Occupy Chicago protesters are planning to demonstrate in front of the Cook County Courthouse Thursday, although uniformed police officers are expected to pack the courtroom. Morgan faces up to 80 years in prison.

From the Occupy website:

“Howard Morgan, a former Chicago Police Officer before spending 13 years as a Railroad Police Officer for the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad, pulled over on his way home the morning of February 21, 2005, because he saw a police car behind him and was letting it pass. To Mr. Morgan’s surprise, he discovered that the police had stopped him for an alleged traffic violation. Though identifying himself as a police officer, Howard Morgan was forced from his vehicle and shot 28 times by four white police officers.

After being left for dead, he survived and was then charged with attempted murder of the four white officers who brutalized him. In a trial he was found not guilty of three counts including discharging his weapon. However, the jury did not decide the remaining charges of attempted murder, and Judge Clayton Crane declared a mistrial and got a new jury to hear the remaining counts. The new jury was not allowed to hear that Morgan had been found innocent of discahrging his weapon. With no other possible weapon suggested, Mr. Morgan was found guilty of attempted murder of the men who tried to kill him.”



  1. This is why the jury system doesn’t work. You can’t ask people to make decisions on other peoples lives with partial information. You can’t keep evidence from them, because it will “prejudice them” or is part of a different case, etc. Its despicable. If I was asked to serve in a jury, I would have to tell the judge that I refuse to serve if any information is being kept from me on moral grounds.

  2. agree 100%.

  3. I don’t even understand how the original jury acquitted him of discharging his weapon yet were deadlocked on the attempt murder charge, makes no sense. Did he attempt to kill the 4 cops with his bare hands?

  4. Reblogged this on Four Blue Hills (A repository, of sorts).

  5. Our justice system is so broken, how can it be repaired?

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