Tuesday, March 21, 2017

REKIA BOYD 5 YEARS LATER

In March of 2012, Servin, while off-duty, Servin was driving near Douglas Park when he encountered a group of people, including Boyd. After a verbal altercation with the group, the officer fired an unregistered weapon over his shoulder into the group, striking Boyd in the head and another man, Antonio Cross, in the hand. Servin alleged that Cross had a gun, but it was revealed he was merely holding a cell phone. Boyd died shortly after the incident. 
The emails, released thanks to a public records request from the Sun-Times, show a now-familiar pattern of conflicting stories from police and witnesses at the scene, as well as an extremely slow process of prosecuting Servin for killing Boyd. Servin was eventually charged with involuntary manslaughter and reckless discharge of a weapon—a full year and eight months after the incident.Charges which were thrown out by a judge for “failing to prove Servin acted recklessly.”