The family of the late Rekia Boyd could receive a $4.5 million settlement from the City of Chicago.
Nearly one year ago, Boyd was gunned down by off-duty cop Dante Servin after he’d exchanged words with a group of men in the vicinity of Boyd.
By all accounts, Rekia was an innocent bystander.
If approved, the settlement — along with two other settlements for $1.8 million and $515,000 apiece — would bring the city’s police misconduct payouts so far this year to a staggering $44 million, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Melvin Brooks, the attorney for Boyd’s estate, told the Tribune that her family and the city both “were interested in getting this case resolved without years of litigation.”
Boyd’s family previously said she was an innocent, unarmed bystander killed without justification. While the police department initially claimed that Cross approached Servin with a weapon and that the officer opened fire because he feared for his life, the Independent Police Review Authority has since stated that no weapon was recovered from the scene of the shooting. Cross was reportedly holding a cell phone — not a gun.
Meanwhile, the Independent Police Review Authority’s investigation into the shooting is reportedly ongoing, and Servin is currently under administrative leave.
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