Black off-duty cop shot 28 times by white officers faces 80 years in prison

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Howard Morgan, a detective for the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad, was off-duty when he was pulled over by four white officers for driving the wrong way on a one-way street in February. Morgan and the Chicago police disagree about the altercation that followed, which left the former officer with 28 gun shot wounds. The Huffington Post reports on the story:

As much of the country follows the Trayvon Martin case, activists in Chicago are hoping to bring some of that attention to Howard Morgan, a former Chicago police officer who was shot 28 times by white officers — and lived to tell his side of the story.

Morgan was off-duty as a detective for the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad when he was pulled over for driving the wrong way on a one-way street on Feb 21, 2005, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. While both police and Morgan agree on that much, what happened next is a mystery.

According to police, Morgan opened fire with his service weapon when officers tried to arrest him, which caused them to shoot him 28 times. His family, however, very much doubts those claims.

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