Back around Thanksgiving, I wrote:
This past Saturday, an off-duty cop with a history of repeatedly flying off the handle and waving his gun around charged into a fight in the street outside his house to break it up. Witnesses say he was drunk. At some point, the cop claims he was attacked and fired his gun in self-defense. He shot and killed an unarmed 21-year-old neighbor who was also trying to break up the fight. Despite that, the cop is free and, while he's under investigation, I don't expect him to be charged with anything.
The police commissioner has now decided to fire him. That's good. I still doubt he'll be charged:
Last month, then-District Attorney Lynne Abraham opted to let a grand jury decide if Tepper, 43, should face criminal charges for the Nov. 21 incident. The grand jury has not yet made a ruling in the case.
Fraternal Order of Police president John McNesby said the city's new district attorney, Seth Williams, might want to review the case before the grand jury makes a decision.
D.A.'s lead grand juries around by the nose. I'm guessing McNesby is signaling support for the firing but would oppose prosecution, and the FOP almost always gets its way.