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Thursday, April 5, 8am
Free Howard Morgan Rally
Cook County Courthouse, 26th & California
WRONGFULLY CONVICTED BLACK POLICE OFFICER SCHEDULED FOR APRIL 5TH SENTENCING
Found ‘NOT GUILTY’ in First Trial, But Guilty in Second ‘Kangaroo Court’
Supporters of The Free Howard Morgan Campaign will stage a demonstration April 5th at 26th and California, the Cook County Courthouse, at 8:00am.
Howard Morgan, an eight-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, whose stellar record as a Chicago Police Officer had allowed him to accept a position as a Railroad Police Officer for the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Line, 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. Identifying himself as a police officer, Mr. 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 discharging his weapon. With no other possible weapon suggested, Mr. Morgan was found guilty of attempted murder of the men who tried to kill him.
On April 5, 2012, Howard Morgan is scheduled to be sentenced for crimes he did not commit. The Free Howard Morgan Campaign invites all supporters, members of the press and anyone seeking more information to join us on Friday, March 30th. We must stand for justice by packing the courtroom on April 5th!
The Occupy Chicago General Assembly unanimously passed the following proposal: "Occupy Chicago joins with Occupy the SouthSide on the Jericho Walk's campaign to Free Howard Morgan. Occupy Chicago affirms the innocence of Mr. Morgan and demands his freedom as well as accountability for the four officers who shot him 28 times by prosecuting them for attempted murder."