Rally Held for Chicago Woman Shot and Killed by Off-Duty Officer

March 29, 2012  |  

With so much attention being paid to the murder of Trayvon Martin, the fatal shooting of 22-year-old Rekia Boyd has largely flown under the national radar, but Chicagoans are keeping the memory of the local native and the fight for justice in her case alive.

On Tuesday, 200 or so protestors rallied outside the home of the officer who shot and killed Rekia last Wednesday. The shooting occurred around 1 am when the off-duty Chicago detective stopped to look into a “disturbance” that reportedly involved a group of people gathering near Douglas Park. Police say after the detective stopped and announced his office, a man named Antonio Cross allegedly advanced toward his car with a gun in hand. The officer opened fire from his car, which struck Antonio in the hand but hit Rekia, who was standing nearby, in the head.

Rekia was transported to the hospital in critical condition and died the next day. Meanwhile, Antonio Cross was charged with misdemeanor aggravated assault since no weapon was recovered from the scene of the incident. Still, police maintain that he was armed and say the shooting was justified, admitting that Rekia was an innocent bystander in the situation. Family members told NBC Chicago  no one pulled a gun on the officer and that Antonio was holding a cell phone. He told ABC news the same:

“I want people to know I didn’t have no gun. She didn’t have no gun. I want people to know that girl was killed for nothing.”

The officer, who lives on the same block where the shooting occurred, has not commented on the incident or Tuesday’s protest. The Independent Police Review Authority is currently investigating the killing but Ald. Michael Chandler says investigators aren’t doing enough, including ignoring eye witnesses who reportedly overheard the officer tell a crowd “What do I have to do around here to get some peace, quiet and respect? Shoot someone?” Michael Chandler told WBEZ:

“A young person’s life [has been] taken away and there is not one person that has been out on these streets to canvass the area to talk to any of these witnesses.”

Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.

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  • RedButterfly81

    She was my neighbor’s niece and my prayers are with her and her family.

  • KIR12

    Yes they should protest in front of this officers house but they wouldn’t be protesting in front of a gang bangers house who killed someone. They are afraid they will get knocked upside the head or sh0t by Shaniqua, Ray Ray and Dem. That’s why I have a hard time taking this outrage seriously.

    • LaLaLaMeansILoveYou

       You sound like a true idiot.

      • Hakeem

        No you do for denying the truth.  . . .Real Talk.. Black men we have to become more role models for our youth. I can defend Trayvon Martin, but if Zimmerman were black, it would be just like the other ongoing gazillion black on black murders. In my eyes, Zimmerman is no different from Lil Wayne, T.I. and Young Jezzy (All talk about, or have murdered black males)… Before you throw your stone at me black brother for saying this.. go listen to a lil wayne album…. this ish has to stop! 

  • StuckInDaMatrix

    Seems like open season on blacks in American. Men, women and children.  Now the question is, what is going and needs to be done about it?

  • Concerned parent

    I’m so tired of our innocent youth dying. These incidents are becoming too common I fear for our future. As a parent this really scares me, unfortunately we cant lock our children up and keep them in a bubble, we just have to pray that nothing like this happens to them.

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