Source: Joy-Ann Reid / theGrio
On Tuesday, 61-year-old Howard Morgan will go before an Illinois appeals court, seeking the reversal of his conviction and 40-year sentence on attempted murder of the four police officers who shot him.
According to his family, Morgan, himself a former Chicago police officer, was driving home from his job as a senior patrolman for the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad when he was pulled over a block from his house by a pair of police officers shortly after 12:45 a.m. on February 21, 2005 for driving the wrong way on a one-way street with his headlights off.
Morgan said he identified himself as a police officer to Chicago police officers John Wrigley and Timothy Finley, but that they didn’t believe him. Morgan is African-American. Finley and Wrigley are white, as are the two officers who next pulled up to the scene: Nicolas Olsen and Eric White.
Morgan says he was dragged out of his van and forced to the ground as he tried to produce his identification, and that one of the officers noticed his service revolver, a Glock 9mm pistol, and yelled “gun!” After the gun was taken from his waistband by one of the officers, Morgan says the shooting began.
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