Failed Chicago Justice System Lets Parolee Shoot Cop

posted on March 26, 2016

An off-duty Chicago cop was shot by a parolee who had been set free after serving only four years of a nine-year prison sentence for carjacking.

The 49-year-old cop was returning home Monday morning when he was beset by two armed men. Samuel Harviley, 24, opened the passenger door and discarded the officer’s keys; the pair forced the cop out of the car and onto the pavement at gunpoint. When he moved in an attempt to hide his firearm, Harviley shot him in the leg. The officer returned fire, hitting Harviley, who later showed up at an area hospital seeking treatment under a different name. 

John Escalante, interim police superintendent, said, “CPD officers risk their lives to uphold repeated gun offenders accountable … but more needs to happen to … increase accountability.” Patrol Chief Eddie Johnson agreed: “Until we get real criminal justice reform, the cycle will continue.”

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