Had they lived... Rizzato would be 79 years old... and Severin would be 80 years old...
On 17 July 1970 PO Anthony N Rizzato #12407 & Sgt James L Severin #1319 were assigned to Area 6 Task Force on the Walk and Talk Program inside of the Cabrini Green Housing Complex. While these men patrolled the Greens on foot in the area of Seward Park located at Sedgwick & Division they were cut down by sniper fire from the nearby high rise building. Police cars arrived and as assisting officers attempted to remove the bodies of their fallen comrades from harms way the shots rang out from the buildings. The Officers formed a shield so that they could move PO Rizzato and Sgt Severin to nearby Henrotin Hospital where they were dead upon arrival. A systematic search of the high rise buildings apartments was conducted and Johnnie Veal and George Knights were located, arrested and the murder weapons .30 .30 caliber hunting rifles were recovered. An intensive investigation resulted in Veals, Knights and other persons being charged with the murders of PO Rizzato & Sgt Severin. A jury trial was held with Knights and Veal being found guilty of murder. On 31 January 1972 they were sentenced by Judge Louis Wexler 100-200 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.
Johnny Veal now is requesting that the Illinois Prisoner Review Board hear is case wishing that they show mercy in granting him an early release.
PO Anthony Rizzato #12407& Sgt James Severin #1319 were not shown any mercy or given a second chance as this assassin fired his rifle killing these police officers as they walked thru that baseball field at Seward Park , Serving and Protecting the people that resided in those high rise buildings inside of Cabrini Green.
Police Officer Anthony N Rizzato #12407 & Sergeant James L Severin #1319
Area 6 Task Force
End of Watch 17 July 1970.