CHICAGO — A Cook County judge threw out assault and weapons charges against a man who was shot by a Chicago police officer on New Year’s Day in 2014.
Officer Wilfredo Ortiz was asked to reenact what happened to him while he was on patrol the day of the shooting in the city’s Roseland neighborhood. Ortiz testified that a man pointed a gun at him and refused to drop it. The officer fired 11 shots, critically injuring the alleged gunman and his brother — as well as wounding their sister. Both brothers, Michael and Princeton Williamson, were charged with multiple felonies.
But last week, a Cook County judge acquitted Michael Williamson, the man identified by Ortiz as the gunman, after the officer changed a key detail in the story of the confrontation — how many people were on the back porch that night when he opened fire.
Last year, the same judge had ripped a detective’s testimony against Princeton Williamson, and thrown out his alleged admissions to police and prosecutors. With that critical evidence barred, prosecutors dropped the weapons charges against him.
The Chicago Tribune contributed to this report