Drug Dealer Gets Life In Prison For Killing Chicago Cop

CHICAGO (CBS) — An admitted drug dealer has been sentenced to life in prison for killing a plainclothes Chicago police officer who was attempting to execute a search warrant at the defendant’s home four years ago.

Lamar Cooper, 40, was convicted of first-degree murder in January for the shooting death of Officer Nathaniel Taylor, a 14-year police veteran.

Judge Nicholas Ford sentenced Cooper to the mandatory natural life sentence at a hearing on Tuesday.

Taylor, 39, was gunned down while assisting with the execution of a search warrant on Sept. 28, 2008.

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Chicago Police Officer Nathaniel Taylor (Credit: Chicago Police Department)

Cooper was accused of killing Taylor when a team of drug officers tried to serve Cooper with a search warrant.

Police later recovered drugs, cash, guns and other weapons from Cooper’s home, where he allegedly was running a home delivery drug business.

In closing arguments of the trial in January, the defense acknowledged Cooper was a drug dealer and that he shot Taylor, but argued Cooper could only see a vague shape approaching his car and could not see Taylor’s police shield hanging on a chain around his neck, so Cooper thought he was being robbed and fired in self-defense.

But prosecutors ridiculed the defense’s claim, calling the shooting a “sneak attack” on Taylor, saying drug dealers know how police operate and know narcotics officers often wear street clothes instead of their uniforms.

Prosecutors said, even if Cooper couldn’t see Taylor’s police shield and thought he was being robbed, he could have fled, called 911 or fired a warning shot into the air.

Taylor’s partner, Lem Miller, fought back tears as he testified at the start of the trial about seeing Taylor get shot in the head, chest and arm as he walked up to Cooper’s car.

Taylor and Miller were assigned to conduct surveillance on Cooper’s home on the morning of Sept. 28, 2008, in preparation for a team of officers to serve a search warrant on the home at 7 a.m.

When Cooper pulled up in front of his house around 5:30 a.m., Taylor and Miller were told to detain Cooper to keep him from entering his home, as police believed there were weapons, dogs and children inside.

Miller testified that, as Taylor approached Cooper’s car, Taylor identified himself as a police officer. The next thing his partner heard was two or three rapid shots. Then he saw Taylor go down.

Miller said he drew his gun and fired at Cooper 10 times, hitting him nine times before calling for help on his radio and checking on Taylor.

Taylor, 39, died hours later during surgery at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.

Cooper had already done time for attempted murder of another police officer in 1990. Prosecutors said, in that case, Cooper shot at uniformed police officers. He was sentenced to 6 years in prison for that case. He also has two burglary convictions on his record.

  • George Zimmerman, American

    Life in prison is too good for him……Illinois needs a Death Penalty once again!

    • LYNDIA

      George Zimmerman is going to jail for MURDER. Why don’t you commit the same crime and go to the same place.

    • THEE Yard Ape

      AGREED!!! Love the name! A true hero!!!

      • LYNDIA

        I am not going to jail for anything therefore, plan the party for your mama.

      • Just Axin

        An Ape sighting…we were getting worried.

      • G-Lep

        All we need are NWA, Lyndia and, of course, “buttons” and then we gots us a PARTY!!

  • Throw the book at them all

    Life. That’s a good start. But what about the drunk drivers who mow people down and get bail? I read one story yesterday where the woman had no business behind the wheel SOBER. KILLS somebody, and goes the wrong way down a one way. No license. No insurance. And a laundry list of other charges. She gets bail. Last weekend another drunk gets into a fender-bender while he’s DUI. He drives away and doesn’t get a block away before he hits another car and KILLS TWO KIDS. And HE gets bail! If society makes the punishments severe enough, people will think twice. Seems anything less than killing a cop is a joke…………………………………………………….

  • http://www.usapress.eu/2012/03/28/man-sentenced-to-life-in-prison-in-cops-slaying/ Man Sentenced To Life In Prison In Cop's Slaying | USA Press

    […] Miller, Taylor’s partner, fired 10 times at Cooper, hitting him nine times before he called for help, CBS Chicago reports. Taylor, 39, a 14-year police veteran, died hours later at the Advocate Christ […]

  • http://www.crimealertblog.com/2012/03/28/man-sentenced-to-life-in-prison-in-cops-slaying/ Man Sentenced To Life In Prison In Cop’s Slaying « CrimeAlertBlog.Com

    […] Miller, Taylor’s partner, fired 10 times at Cooper, hitting him nine times before he called for help, CBS Chicago reports. Taylor, 39, a 14-year police veteran, died hours later at the Advocate Christ […]

  • Out Rage

    This guys and all other thugs need the chair. I’m starting a petition to bring back the electric chair for these thugs. tired of my tax dollars going to support them in a confine institution. Put my tax dollars to better use. electrocute..electrocute…electrocute…electrocute


    Do all you honkeys feel the same way about the cop that shot an innocent girl in the head? Hell no, you don’t feel that way? Why in the hell don’t you people exercise some intelligence? You or one of your loved ones may be next!!
    (Sorry, I forgot. You people have no sense.)

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