When the system wrongs you try to take them to task in the courtroom, you have quite a challenge front of you. Very few times to the victims of police brutality and excessive force get justice for the violence they endure. The victims, families and friends of victims of police brutality took another loss yesterday when Dante Servin, the off-duty Chicago police officer that killed 22-year-old, Rekia Boyd in the head was cleared of all wrongdoing by a court of law.
On March 21, 2012, Servin drove through his neighborhood on the West Side of Chicago looking for a loud party that was keeping him up. He came across Boyd making noise in an alley with another young woman and two men. Servin claimed that one of the young men reached for a gun and fired at the group, wounding one of the young men and killing Rekia Boyd. There was no weapon recovered at the scene (the man was holding a cell phone).
On Monday, in the Cook County courthouse, Judge Dennis Porter ruled that prosecutors failed to prove that Servin was acting recklessly when he fatally shot at Rekia Boyd and her friends. All of his charges of involuntary manslaughter, reckless discharge of a firearm and reckless conduct were dropped. The verdict came before Servin’s defense team even had to present their case.
The ruling set off an explosion of emotion in the courtroom, acted out by Boyd’s family and supporters. When Porter told them to be quiet, Boyd’s brother, Martinez Sutton tearfully yelled “You want me to be quiet?! This m—–f—– killed my sister!” as family held him back.
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