Story By: Lee Bullen, Sub Editor: Michael Leidig, Agency: Newsflash
This is the touching moment the Chicago police hold a memorial for fallen cop Thor Soderberg who was disarmed by an attacker and shot in the head in a station car park 10 years ago.
The Chicago Police Department shared the video on Facebook with the message: “On July 7, 2010, Officer Soderberg was participating in a weeklong police operation called Operation Protect Youth.
“At approximately 3.45 pm, Officer Soderberg finished his shift and proceeded to walk to his vehicle in the facility’s parking lot. While he was changing out of his uniform from his trunk, Bryant Brewer, age 24, of South Wolcott Avenue approached him and a physical altercation ensued.
“During the struggle, Brewer was able to disarm and fatally shoot Officer Soderberg.”
Judge Timothy Joyce sentenced Brewer to life plus 115 years, adding: “He will never experience a free day in his life.”
According to New York and Chicago news site ‘DNAinfo’, the veteran officer was shot twice in his head and once in his back after Brewer attacked him in the car park in the neighbourhood of Englewood. He was reportedly changing out of his uniform to get ready for a volleyball game.
In the footage, police official Corey Wojtkiewicz is seen giving a speech before Soderberg’s widow takes to the podium to ask attending officers to “sprinkle a little kindness” in “Thor’s name” despite the “four or five weeks that y’all have been through”.
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