Charges brought against Chicago detective who fatally shot Rekia Boyd
A Chicago police detective who fatally shot a 22-year-old woman in 2012 faces criminal charges. Dectective Dante Servin was off-duty when Rekia Boyd was killed.
The charges Monday came seven months after the city settled a lawsuit with Boyd’s family. The city of Chicago did in fact settle with Boyd’s family in an out-of-court settlement for $4.5 million earlier this year. The city acknowledged no fault.
Boyd was fatally shot in the back of the head as she walked with three others near Douglas Park. She was hit by one of five shots fired by Servin, who was in his car near his home, and had complained about too much noise in the wee hours of an unseasonably warm March night.
Servin claimed that one of the men walking with Boyd pulled what appeared to be a gun from his waistband. He then fired at the crowd. The state’s attorney says the man, Antonio Cross was unarmed and had a cellphone in his hand.
Servin was charged on Dec. 16 with involuntary manslaughter, reckless conduct and reckless discharge of a firearm.
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