Shooting of Rekia Boyd

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Shooting of Rekia Boyd
DateMarch 21, 2012 (2012-03-21)
LocationChicago, Illinois, US
ParticipantsDante Servin (Chicago Police Department (CPD) detective)
OutcomeServin found not guilty[1]
Deaths1
ChargesInvoluntary manslaughter
ConvictionsNot guilty

Rekia Boyd was a 22-year-old black American woman who was fatally shot in Chicago, Illinois by Dante Servin, an off-duty Hispanic Chicago police detective, on March 21, 2012.[1] [2]

Shooting[edit]

Servin, an off-duty police officer, drove his car to Douglass Park on the West Side of Chicago after calling the police to make a noise complaint.[3] He then approached a group of four individuals who had been partying in the park[3][4] and had some form of verbal altercation with them.[3][4] Reports are unclear as to whether Servin was calm and polite or rude and aggressive. One of the victims, Antonio Cross, accused Servin of attempting to buy drugs from the group, to which Cross allegedly told Servin to get his "crackhead ass" out of there.[3]

Servin fired on the group, hitting Rekia Boyd in the head, and Antonio Cross in the hand. Initially the Chicago police department claimed that Servin had discharged his weapon after Cross had approached him with a gun.[5] The Boyd family quickly responded that the object was in fact a cell phone.[6] No weapon was ever recovered from the scene.[4]

Aftermath[edit]

In November 2013, Servin was charged with involuntary manslaughter,[7] but was cleared of all charges on April 20, 2015, by Judge Dennis J. Porter in a rare directed verdict.[8] Porter's reasoning was that since the shooting was intentional, Servin could not be charged with recklessness. "It is intentional and the crime, if any there be, is first-degree murder," said Porter in his ruling.[9] Attorney Sam Adam, Jr., accused state prosecutor Anita Alvarez of deliberately undercharging Servin knowing that the charges would be dropped, in order to curry favor with the police department.[10] Following this ruling, Servin could not be charged with murder due to double jeopardy protections.[11]

Servin claimed he fired because someone in the group was holding a gun, but it was actually only a cellphone.[12] Witnesses said that Servin appeared drunk at the time of the incident.[13]

In November 2015, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and police superintendent Garry McCarthy both suggested that Dante Servin should be fired by the Chicago Police Board.[14] The city paid $4.5 million to Boyd's family.

Servin resigned on May 17, 2016, two days before the departmental hearing which was to decide whether he should be fired.[15][16]

In November 2019, Servin requested that the case be expunged from his record. The request was denied by a judge, as was a subsequent request to seal the case's records. [17]

Protests[edit]

While there was some public protest of the ruling,[9] the community response was overall more muted compared to protests against the acquittals of other police officers involved in the deaths of African Americans, such as those who killed Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and Freddie Gray. Some commentators[18] pointed to "the sexism of those ostensibly committed to black liberation" that "can leave us blind to the taste of brutality that black women are getting from the police."[19][20]

The Black Lives Matter movement has protested the deaths of black girls and women at the hands of police, including Boyd's.[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Tolentino, Jia (April 21, 2015). "Cop Who Killed Rekia Boyd Out of 'Fear' Found Not Guilty on All Counts". Jezebel. Archived from the original on April 25, 2015. Retrieved April 28, 2015.
  2. ^ Goldstein, Sasha. "Judge finds Chicago police officer not guilty in fatal shooting". Reuters.
  3. ^ a b c d Sweeney, Annie. "Inside the failed prosecution of Chicago Detective Dante Servin". chicagotribune.com. Archived from the original on 2017-01-06. Retrieved 2017-01-05.
  4. ^ a b c Rucinski, Tracy (November 25, 2013). "Chicago cop charged with killing unarmed young woman during off-duty confrontation". NY Daily News. Archived from the original on 6 December 2016. Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  5. ^ Sobol, Rosemary (March 21, 2012). "Cops: Off-duty Chicago detective shoots couple". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  6. ^ "Chicagoans Rally For Rekia Boyd, Woman Fatally Shot By Off-Duty Detective". Huffington Post. Mar 30, 2012. Archived from the original on 6 January 2017. Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  7. ^ Goldstein, Sasha (November 28, 2013). "Chicago cop charged with killing unarmed young woman during off-duty confrontation". NY Daily News. Archived from the original on April 27, 2015. Retrieved April 28, 2015.
  8. ^ The Associated Press (April 20, 2015). "Chicago Police Detective Cleared of Manslaughter in Shooting Death". NY Daily News. Archived from the original on May 18, 2015. Retrieved April 28, 2015.
  9. ^ a b Cynic, Aaron (April 27, 2015). "Judge's Ruling in Rekia Boyd Case Sparks Outrage, Protests". Chicagoist via Truth-Out.org. Archived from the original on April 28, 2015. Retrieved April 25, 2015.
  10. ^ Spielman, Fran (April 22, 2015). "Alvarez accused of deliberately filing wrong charge against police detective". Chicago Sun-Times. Archived from the original on June 9, 2015.
  11. ^ Schutz, Paris; Thometz, Kristen. "Aftermath of Rekia Boyd Verdict". WTTW News.
  12. ^ "Editorial: Rekia Boyd shooting was 'beyond reckless,' so cop got a pass". Chicago Tribune. 22 April 2015. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  13. ^ Meyer, Erin (March 13, 2013). "Witness Says Cop Was Drunk When He Shot Unarmed Woman". DNAinfo. Archived from the original on April 23, 2015. Retrieved April 28, 2015.
  14. ^ Hernandez, Jade (November 24, 2015). "Emanuel: Officer who fatally shot Rekia Boyd 'does not deserve to wear police star' Archived 2015-12-05 at the Wayback Machine". ABC 7 Chicago.
  15. ^ "Chicago officer who shot Rekia Boyd resigns". CNN. 18 May 2016. Archived from the original on 24 June 2016. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  16. ^ Sweeny, Annie (18 May 2016). "Police Detective Dante Servin resigns before possible firing over fatal shooting". Chicago Tribune. Archived from the original on 20 May 2016. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  17. ^ Masterson, Matt. "Expungement Request Denied for Ex-CPD Detective Dante Servin in Rekia Boyd Case". WTTW News. Retrieved 17 January 2022.
  18. ^ "For Rekia Boyd and all the overlooked black women victims of the police: Jarvis DeBerry". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2016-07-13.
  19. ^ DeBerry, Jarvis (April 24, 2015). "For Rekia Boyd and all the overlooked black women victims of the police (Opinion piece)". NOLA.com. Archived from the original on April 26, 2015. Retrieved April 28, 2015.[unreliable source?]
  20. ^ Goh-Mah, Joy (August 2, 2013). "Why are black female victims seemingly invisible?". Telegraph. Archived from the original on April 21, 2015. Retrieved April 28, 2015.
  21. ^ Mandaro, Laura; Guynn, Jessica (May 22, 2015). "Naked protesters gather in San Francisco for 'Black Lives Matter'". USA Today. Archived from the original on May 26, 2015. Retrieved May 26, 2015.