Re: 'GOOD COP' - 'BAD COP'
posted at 8/14/2013 5:53 AM EDT
Cop hits little girl with motorcycle
.. then shoots and kills angry dad.
The Chicago Sun Times reports:
Fraternal Order of Police Spokesman Pat Camden identified the officer as a 43-year-old veteran of the Chicago Police. The officer was headed home on Saturday evening when the horrifying incident occurred.
As he was driving home, the officer says he saw a child unexpectedly run into the street. In order not to strike the girl directly, the cop jumped off his motorcycle, pulling it down on its side on the pavement. However, the motorcycle skidded and flipped, hitting the 4-year-old girl and her 18-year-old cousin, John Passley.
As the officer attempted to provide aide to the girl, her father, identified as Christopher Middleton, 26, came running out of a nearby restaurant and aggressively approached the officer and began shouting, officials said. The cop argues that he identified himself as a police officer but Middleton still hit him in the face and knocked him to the ground before striking him repeatedly.
According to the Daily Herald, the officer said, "Take it easy, I'm the Police." But Middleton replied, "I don't give a f___ who you are," and punched him in the face.
Passley reportedly began kicking the officer, joining Middleton in the assault. Shortly after, the officer drew his weapon and fired once, fatally wounding Middleton. He was pronounced dead at around 10:14 p.m. Saturday at Loyola Medical Center.
"At that point he's defending his life — he's on the ground, he's about to lose consciousness from the people who are beating him and draws his weapon in defense of his life," Camden said. "The officer responded accordingly."
Middleton's sister, Tina Middleton, said her brother lived in Elgin with the mother of his daughter and was visiting relatives in Maywood, where he grew up. "He was a good person," she said. "I know for sure he wasn't out to harm the man. My brother would never harm anybody. I could understand him [the officer] being upset, but two wrongs don't make a right." Middleton was due to be married Aug. 18th, his sister said. Besides his daughter who was injured, Middleton also had a 6-year-old son and an unborn child, his sister said. Middleton's daughter suffered contusions and abrasions and was hospitalized overnight for observation. Passley was being held by Maywood police for questioning, Shapiro said.
The officer is expected to recover from his injuries, which include contusions to his head and body from the attack and as well as a broken leg and broken shoulder from the crash, Camden added.
The Independent Police Review Authority — which examines all Chicago police-involved shootings — is investigating the incident, said Larry Merritt, an IPRA spokesman.
alandeon2 15 hours ago
The father didn't know how the bike crashed or if he "jumped off" the bike or not.
All he knew was that his daughter was injured and THAT should have been his ONLY!! priority at that moment rather than seeing revenge even though he has no clue what happened to cause the accident.
If one cannot control their emotions they open themselves up for injury that is 100% of their own doing. Even if I'm pissed, I will deal with the important issues first, which would be my daughter only after that.... Reply · 7 in reply to Zer0dog(Show the comment)
kzackhall 16 hours ago
1. Hmmmm, you fail to properly supervise your FOUR-YEAR-OLD daughter as she crosses a city street, at night.
2. A selfless off duty police officer, chooses to ditch his bike rather plow over the girl, suffering grievous injuries himself in the process.
3. The FATHER, rather than running to the aid of his injured DAUGHTER, attacks the injured policeman (who, by the way, instantly went to check on the little girl despite his injuries).
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