The physician was shocked to see Emonte Morgan’s face in the paper, accused of fatally shooting a Chicago police officer and critically wounding another during a traffic stop in West Englewood.
She last saw him four months earlier, driving a white van that slammed into a man in a Loop crosswalk, breaking the windshield and sending the pedestrian flying against a stop sign, never stopping until hitting a parked car nearly a mile and a halfway, according to a police report.
She wondered why he wasn’t in jail instead of being on the street the night Officer Ella French was killed.
“It’s pretty incredible that they let him go,” said the doctor, an internist at Northwestern Hospital who only wanted to be identified by her first name Diane, for fear of retribution. “That might have been able to have been prevented if he wasn’t let back out.”
Morgan had been on probation for a robbery in Old Town at the time, and a petition had been filed to find him in violation, which could have sent him to jail. But a hearing to resolve the issue had not been held yet.
A judge had decided to give authorities some time to track down and notify Morgan. He set the hearing for this past Tuesday, three days after Morgan allegedly shot French and her partner.
Please go read it all, and if you are like me, you cannot fathom the failure at the most basic level