Chicago Police Officer Charged in 2012 Shooting Death of Unarmed Rekia Boyd

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    rekia.jpgChicago Police Officer Dante Servin, 45, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter, reckless discharge of a firearm and reckless conduct in the March 2012 shooting death of Rekia Boyd, 22.

    Servin was being held on $75,000 bond, reports the Chicago Tribune.

    Boyd was an innocent bystander in Chicago’s Douglas Park around 1:00 a.m. on March 21, 2012 when Servin, responding to a disturbance call, arrived on the scene. The officer exchanged words with Antonio Cross, who was also in the park. After turning away, Servin, who was in his car, claims he saw Cross pull out a gun. It was actually his cell phone, but it was too late.

    Servin fired five shots “blindly” over his shoulder, shooting Cross in his thumb and striking Boyd in the head. She died the next day at Mount Sinai Hospital.

    There were no weapons recovered at the scene.

    Cross was charged with aggravated assault against Servin. The officer did not appear for the court date, so charges were dropped.

    “We didn’t even get a damn I’m sorry yet. We’re still waiting,” said Boyd’s brother, Martinez Sutton.

    Prosecutors said Servin was “frustrated” by the noise coming from the park when he left his home, but that didn’t give him a license to kill:

    “lt’s a sad day when charges are warranted against a police officer, but we feel very strongly that in this particular case Ms. Rekia Boyd lost her life for no reason and that this defendant actions were reckless in shooting in that alleyway that was occupied,” State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez said.

    The city settled a $4.5 million wrongful death lawsuit with Boyd’s family this March.

    Read more at the Chicago Tribune.

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