Chicago chief says cop should be fired for Rekia Boyd death

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‘Incredibly Poor Judgement': McCarthy Moves to Fire Officer Who Fatally Shot Unarmed Woman.

(CBS) – An off-duty Chicago police officer who shot into a crowd during a 2012 confrontation and killed Rekia Boyd, an unarmed woman, should be fired, Chicago Police Supt.

Garry McCarthy will recommend the Chicago Police Board fire Dante Servin, the officer acquitted in the 2012 shooting death of Rekia Boyd, less than a year after Chicago’s top cop said the officer should never have been charged in the 22-year-old’s death. “After considerable deliberation, I have come to the conclusion that Officer Dante Servin showed incredibly poor judgement in his efforts to intervene in a low-level dispute while off-duty,” McCarthy said in a prepared statement. “His actions tragically resulted in the death of an innocent young woman and an unthinkable loss for a Chicago family and community,” McCarthy said of Servin. “In the end, CPD has rules that we all must live by. Officer Servin violated those rules and he’s going to be held accountable for that.” “Because of the way that played out, what you didn’t know is the defense and all the intricate details of that particular event. . . .

A police review board has recommended a Chicago officer be fired for the fatal off-duty shooting of an unarmed 22-year-old woman. (Published Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015) Boyd was shot while walking to a store with three friends. Servin allegedly asked the group to quiet down and opened fire because he believed another person in the group was moving toward him with a gun, though police found only a cellphone.

In an unexpected twist, Servin was found not guilty in May after Cook County Judge Dennis Porter said prosecutors should have charged the officer with a more serious offense than involuntary manslaughter. McCarthy’s announcement comes as Chicago braces for the release of police squad car dash cam video which shows a white police officer shooting a black teenager 16 times. He said Illinois courts have consistently held that the act of pointing a gun and firing is an intentional act, not a reckless one. “Any police officer, especially, would have reacted in the exact same manner that I reacted, and I’m glad to be alive. Anthony Guglielmi, a spokesman for the superintendent, told USA TODAY that McCarthy completed his review of Servin’s actions on Monday and that the court-ordered release of the McDonald video did not weigh in the timing of the Servin announcement.

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