Howard Morgan thanks Quinn after prison release

Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Howard Morgan released from prison
Howard Morgan walked out of prison Wednesday afternoon. His 40-year sentence for the attempted murder of four Chicago police officers was commuted by former Gov. Quinn.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- A man released from prison thanked former Gov. Pat Quinn for granting him clemency and "standing for justice."

Howard Morgan was released from prison Wednesday. He's a railroad officer and former Chicago police officer.

Police said he was uncooperative during a 2005 traffic stop and fired shots at them. He was convicted of attempted murder. On Friday, Morgan talked about his next step

"Right now I'm just concentrating on clearing my name. Dealing with this post-conviction and clearing it because I'm absolutely innocent of those charges," Morgan said.

His lawyer said Morgan had no criminal history and wondered why anyone would think he'd suddenly do something so out of character.