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Tuesday, February 06, 2007

PO-PO, deputy sheriff acquitted in killing of Bellwood cop [BW]

[UPDATE: As a reader pointed out the charge was attempted murder, not murder.]

Chicago Tribune:
A former Cook County sheriff's officer was acquitted of attempted murder charges for shooting a Bellwood police officer who was executing a search warrant at his home in 2003.

Michael Rodgers, 52, of Bellwood was found not guilty Friday after a bench trial before Cook County Criminal Court Judge William Lacy.

Sun-Times (Frank Main):
Rodgers said he awoke about 5 a.m. to a loud noise. He said he thought gang members were invading his home to avenge the killing that allegedly involved his stepson. He grabbed his gun and fired into the kitchen. Only then did he hear someone announce "it's the police," he said....

Rodgers -- who was fired by the sheriff's merit board last year -- is suing to get his old job back. He also has a lawsuit pending against west suburban Bellwood and the officers who raided his home.

How should the Bellwood Police have served this search warrant?

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  • They should have knock on the door or rang the bell and for most if it was a search warrent then they should have came at decent hour not five in the morning.he should have did what he did.Good judge.You the care Rogers God is good.he had your back.P.S.I use to work with him he is a good guy.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:09 PM, February 06, 2007  

  • Poor reporting again, Carl. The officer was not killed, as your headline states. This type of shoddy "journalism" is one of many reasons you and your blog have no credibility.

    By Anonymous carlsnuts, at 6:29 AM, February 07, 2007  

  • Not knowing all the circumstances surrounding the warrant service, I hesitate to critizize the Bellwood Police Department. However, Just a thought. Why not wait until the officer is on his way out of the house, conduct a car stop and detain him outside the home. This would have eliminated the risk of a surprise at 5:00 am and an unfortunate shooting. A little common sense goes a long way for everyone's safety!!! My thougts and prayers go out the deceased officer's family and friends.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:51 AM, February 07, 2007  

  • Thanks for helping to get the story corrected.

    By Blogger Carl Nyberg, at 9:11 AM, February 07, 2007  

  • I, know the officer that got shot.He is a good officer but going to some one home that early in the morning bad judgement on bellwood part.Plus they knew that he was a officer him self. No respect for the law.I am glad that no one got killed but thank god he didnt.Rogers sue the hell out of them.That was out right wrong.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:18 PM, February 07, 2007  

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