On April 9, 2015, the Chicago police detective who fatally shot a 22-year-old woman near Douglas Park on March 21, 2012 goes to trial
On Saturday, the three year commemoration was held at Chicago’s Douglas Park for police shooting victim Rekia Boyd, who died at a nearby alley at the hands of Chicago officer Dante Servin on March 21, 2012. Boyd’s brother, Martinez Sutton, 32, told protesters Saturday that he’s still looking for answers in the death of his sister.
They say that her death was justified. Her death was justified…man…How? What did Rekia do? That’s what everybody asks me, and I’m still trying to find out; Because, talking to everybody that was involved, I get the same answer…nothing. So why is she dead?”
Officer Dante Servin has been charged with involuntary manslaughter after prosecutors say he recklessly opened fire, over his shoulder, at a group of people on March 21, 2012. This act fatally wounded 22-year-old Boyd. The trial is scheduled to begin next month on April 9, 2015 after being postponed from an October start date.
The charges against Servin, also accused of reckless discharge of a firearm and reckless conduct, is the first time in over 15 years that a cop has been charged in Chicago in connection with a fatal police shooting. He was placed on paid desk duty and stripped of his police authority. The city of Chicago paid $4.5 million to settle the wrongful-death suit filed by Boyd’s family; unfortunately there’s no amount of money that will bring Rekia Boyd back to her family and loved ones.