Trial begins today in 2010 murder of Chicago police officer

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CHICAGO -- The bench trial is underway for the man accused of murdering a Chicago police officer with his own weapon.

Attorneys presented their opening statements just before noon at the Criminal Courts Building.  Also in the courtroom is a group of uniformed police officers showing their support for their fallen comrade, Officer Thor Soderberg.

Bryant Brewer faces 20 counts, including first degree murder and resisting arrest.

Prosecutors say Brewer got into a fight with Officer Soderberg outside an Englewood police station, grabbed the officer's gun and shot him several times.

The defense during its opening statements said their client acted in self defense and that surveillance video from that day is missing 12 minutes of crucial footage that might better show what lead to the fatal shooting.

Brewer chose a bench trial, so a judge will decide his fate.

If convicted Brewer could face natural life in prison.

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3 comments

  • hector

    Cop got what he deserved you can’t just beat a man with a gun with out cosequnces. Where is the video footage that mysteriously disappeared. Chicago cops are the most corrupt.

  • jim

    To lead the 9:00 news tonight with more anti-police stories is despicable. Why are 7 people killed and 30 shot not the lead story? WGN stories taking a anti-police viewpoint is discouraging. Your investigative story on police shootings is so biased, 70 in 5 years? How many fatal shootings in Chicago in that timespan? We wait until the end of the story to hear… Oh, the criminals shot had guns! WGN is in favor of anti-police rhetoric. Does that get WGN more viewers?

  • Enough

    Grown fool has pony tails, come on just look at him……if he does got off……..don’t be surprised if he is a corpse……just saying

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