A couple of months ago, Hip Hop artist and BYP blogger Jasiri X told you about the harrowing story of Howard Morgan, a black off-duty cop who was shot 28 times by four Chicago police officers, survived, and was then charged with attempted murder.
After a mistrial, Morgan was tried once again and found guilty of attempted murder in January, and is scheduled to be sentenced tomorrow (Thursday, April 5th). He faces 80 years in prison.
Family members and activists are outraged that Morgan could be convicted of such crimes with so little concrete evidence to corroborate the charge, especially after enduring 28 gunshot wounds from fellow police officers. Protesters say that Morgan has been tried twice for these alleged crimes, which is “double jeopardy,” and therefore unconstitutional.
Additionally, tons of important evidence has been either “lost” or destroyed.
“Howard Morgan’s van was crushed and destroyed without notice or cause before any forensic investigation could be done.
The State only produced 3 of the 28 bullets shot into and taken from Howard Morgan’s body, whereby the rest of the 25 bullets could have shown whether or not the police officers who shot Mr. Morgan shot him with his own gun after taking it from him.
Howard Morgan was never tested for gun residue to confirm if he even fired a weapon on the morning in question.
The State never produced the actual bullet proof vest worn by one of the officers who claimed to have allegedly taken a shot directly into the vest on the morning in question. The State only produced a replica.
All of the above facts are a blatant obstruction of justice. “
Do you think the Chicago Police Department have been honest regarding the Howard Morgan situation?
Does Howard Morgan deserve to go to prison?
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