Parolee charged in off-duty cop shooting

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CHICAGO --  A parolee three months out of prison is facing attempted murder charges in the shooting of an off-duty Chicago police officer during a robbery earlier this week.

Police say that this case clearly reveals that our criminal justice system is broken.

Samuel Harviley, 24, is charged with attempted murder, aggravated battery with a firearm, and robbery in connection with the shooting of an off-duty Chicago police officer on Monday.

That officer was parking his car near his home in the Washington Heights neighborhood on the far South Side.

Harviley was paroled from prison about three months ago.  In 2012 he was sentenced to nine years for aggravated vehicular carjacking.

He spent a year and a half in the Cook County Jail, however, and was then granted early release.

Police say that this case demonstrates how state law is too lenient on violent offenders, and that if he served his sentence this incident would not have happened.

Criminals, they say, are not being held accountable for their crimes.

Police are still seeking at least one other person in connection with this incident.

The police officer is still hospitalized with injuries to his leg.  He underwent surgery yesterday.

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