4 Chicago Officers Face Dismissal
CHICAGO -- Chicago's police superintendent recommended yesterday the firing of four officers for their part in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black woman.
The officers will be suspended without pay while the police board takes up the recommendation.
LaTanya Haggerty, 26, was a passenger in a car involved in a police chase on June 4 when she was shot and killed. Investigators said an officer mistook her cellular phone for a gun.
Superintendent Terry Hillard said the officers ignored a supervisor's order to call off the chase, fired without justification and failed to notify a supervisor promptly that shots had been fired.
Civil rights leaders and members of the clergy have staged several protests since the recent fatal shootings of Haggerty and an unarmed black man, a 22-year-old Northwestern University football player. The officers who fired the fatal shots in both cases are black, but black leaders have said the officers have incorporated the racist attitudes of their white colleagues.
Bill Nolan, president of the Chicago chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police, called Hillard's decision a "foregone conclusion" in light of public pressure to blame someone for the shootings.
7 Found Fatally Shot in Atlanta Home
ATLANTA -- Seven people -- three adults and four children -- were found shot to death in an Atlanta home.
The only survivor was Antonio Briskey, 11, who hid in a closet for hours after he was shot in the elbow.
"He said: `My stepfather shot my mama, my auntie, my brother, everyone,' " neighbor Georgia Hall told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "We immediately called 911. We could not believe what had happened. We just called the police and sat with the boy."
The motive for the shootings was unclear. Neighbor Betty Fuller said the boy's mother lived in the house with her sister and five children.
Mexico to Extradite Slaying Suspect
TAMPA -- A man charged with murder for allegedly shooting a mother in the face, slitting her throat and leaving her 2-year-old quadruplets crawling in her blood will be extradited from Mexico, officials said.
Prosecutors had to agree not to seek the death penalty to win extradition of Jose Luis Del Toro, a U.S. citizen who had fought his return to Florida. Mexico does not have the death penalty.
Del Toro, is charged with murder in the 1997 death of Sheila Bellush, 35, who had moved from Texas to Florida to start a new life. Two men have been convicted for their roles in the crime, and authorities say they have compelling evidence against Del Toro, who was arrested in Mexico weeks after the killing.
One of those convicted, Daniel Rocha, said Bellush's former husband, San Antonio businessman Allen Blackthorne, plotted her death. Blackthorne denies any involvement.