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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Verdict is in cop killing animal is found guilty

GUILTY 1st Degree Murder of Police Officer Flisk and CHA Officer Peters.

GUILTY of Firearm Discharge on Police Officer Flisk and CHA Officer Peters.

GUILTY of Murder of Peace Officer.

GUILTY of Burglary.
Dean C. Angelo, Sr.
President
Chicago Lodge 7
Fraternal Order of Police Chicago Lodge #7

Cook County jury on Wednesday convicted a man of killing a Chicago police evidence technician and a second victim in 2010 as the officer investigated a car burglary on the Southeast Side.

The announcement came in a courtroom packed with Chicago police officers and relatives of Officer Michael Flisk. Flisk's family members began crying as the verdict was read, putting their arms around each other in the second row of courtroom gallery.

Guilty verdict
Jose M. Osorio, Chicago Tribune
Nora Flisk, left, widow of Chicago police Officer Michael Flisk, and her family leave court in Chicago on May 6, 2015, after a jury found Timothy Herring Jr. guilty of killing Flisk and Stephen "Sweet Pea" Peters.

Timothy Herring Jr.
Chicago Police Department
Timothy Herring Jr., 24, was convicted May 6, 2015, of first-degree murder and burglary in the 2010 killings of Chicago police Officer Michael Flisk and former Chicago Housing Authority Officer Stephen “Sweet Pea” Peters.

Nora Flisk, center, widow of Chicago police Officer Michael Flisk, and her family return to court April 27, 2015, after a lunch break on the first day of Timothy Herring Jr.'s murder trial at the Leighton Criminal Court Building in Chicago. Herring was convicted May 6, 2015, of fatally shooting Flisk and former CHA officer Stephen Peters.

Nora Flisk, center, wife of Chicago police Officer Michael Flisk, leaves court April 27, 2015, during lunch break on the first day of Timothy Herring Jr.'s murder trial at the Leighton Criminal Court Building in Chicago.

Family members of police Officer Michael Flisk arrive for the first day of Timothy Herring Jr.'s murder trial at the Leighton Criminal Court Building in Chicago on April 27, 2015.

Flisk, 46, an evidence technician and father of four, was dusting for prints behind Stephen "Sweet Pea" Peters' home a day after Thanksgiving in November 2010 when he and Peters were fatally shot. Peters' beloved customized red Mustang GT convertible had been stripped of its stereo and other gear.

Prosecutors alleged that Timothy Herring Jr. had burglarized Peters' car and shot both victims when he learned Flisk had found a usable fingerprint. He shot both again when he noticed one of them moving, prosecutors said.

The jury was sequestered overnight and deliberated for more than seven hours before convicting Herring, 24, on charges of first-degree murder and burglary.

Herring faces mandatory life in prison without the possibility of parole.

He looked at family members and shook his head as sheriff’s deputies led him back to the lockup.

“I think this case is another example of the senseless violence that we see unfortunately here in Chicago and the easy use of guns to take away two lives,” State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez told reporters after the verdict. “My heart goes out to both families that lost loved ones.”

Neither family would be speaking publicly yet about the case, Alvarez said.

Jury deliberating in killing of Chicago cop and second victim
Jury deliberating in killing of Chicago cop and second victim
Flisk and Peters, a former Chicago Housing Authority police officer, were armed, but neither had time to draw his weapon.

Herring's fingerprint was found on a box that held a monitor stolen from Peters' car, according to prosecutors.

Two cousins of Herring's as well as three other witnesses testified that he confessed to them about the killings, but Herring's attorneys argued the cousins decided to turn on an easy target in exchange for a $10,000 cash reward for information on the killings.

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Coward New York Mayor couldn't pay respects after a NYPD officer was gun down by wild beast

The 25-year-old from Long Island was shot in the head on Saturday night. He died from his injuries on Monday making him the third NYPD officer to be killed in the line of duty in five months.

When NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton announced Moore's death during a news conference, de Blasio did not join him.While de Blasio did visit Moore's family at the hospital in the hours after the shooting, he did not participate in the news conference as has become common practice by mayors.

When asked by Fox 5 News reporter Linda Schmidt why he wasn't there, de Blasio had this to say:

"The extended family of the NYPD will say that today is a day for the members of the NYPD to be together. It was not a place, in my view, for elected officials," said de Blasio.

Hizzoner had continued with his scheduled appearances on Monday including a tech conference in midtown Manhattan at Noon. The announcement about Moore's death was made at 2 p.m.
When pressed by Schmidt about why he wouldn't have been at the hospital as the leader of the city, de Blasio defended his decision.
"I have been honored to stand by them in good times and in bad and I've done it many times and in I've done it in a way that was appropriate and in constant consultation with the department," said de Blasio.

"It was on my advice that the mayor did not come to the hospital because of the uncertainty of the circumstances in the morning. It was uncertain if the man was going to pass," said Bratton.
Tensions between the mayor and the NYPD became strained last year.  Many officers even turned their backs to de Blasio when he arrived a the hospital where two officers died after being ambushed.

Red light cameras are to be removed

Despite his personal issues with red lights, Mayor Emanuel remains a strong proponent of red light cameras as an important safety measure for the city of Chicago. The Illinois General Assembly, however, has launched a direct offensive against this line of reasoning.
In a 79 to 26 vote, the Illinois House approved a bill that would ban the use of red light cameras in non-home rule communities, generally towns with a population of less than 25,000. Per the Illinois state constitution, home rule communities are larger towns which can "exercise any power and perform any function pertaining to its government and affairs." Therefore, Chicago and larger suburbs would not be affected by this proposed law and an outright state-wide ban would require an amendment to the state constitution.
Even though red light cameras would continue to exist in Chicago under this legislation, the debates occurring in Springfield largely echo a common debate that occurs around City Hall. Rep David McSweeney, the man responsible for introducing the measure, has repeatedly claimed that red light cameras are simply "a revenue grab by local governments" and that "This is not about safety, it's all about revenue." Rep. Ron Sandack said that "People hate them, they hate them for a reason and they are right."
This legislation comes on the heels of a long-running Tribune investigation into the efficacy of red light cameras, which found that the cameras "failed to deliver on safety claims and that the city's yellow light intervals are dangerously short and out of step with national standards." The bill is now pending consideration before the State Senate