Detective Dante Servin Officially Indicted In The 2012 Shooting Death Of Rekia Boyd
Nearly two years after unarmed 22-year-old Rekia Boyd of Chicago was shot and killed, the man held responsible in her death, off-duty detective Dante Servin, has been indicted on involuntary manslaughter charges. If you recall back in March 2012 when the incident occurred, Servin insisted that he acted in self defense when opening fire, as he allegedly believed that one of the young men who accompanied Boyd pointed a gun at him, the Chicago Tribune reports.
While prosecutors investigated the shooting, Servin kept his job but was placed on desk duty. After looking into the case, Cook County State Attorney Anita Alvarez found that 45-year-old Servin acted recklessly when he fired the fatal shot that struck Boyd in the head.
“It’s a sad day when charges are warranted against a police officer, but we feel very strongly that in this particular case Ms. Rekia Boyd lost her life for no reason,” Alvarez said.
“(Boyd) was doing nothing and was shot in the back of the head. And in evaluating all the facts that I saw, I felt that his actions were not appropriate, not justified and were reckless,” she continued.
Fraternal Order of Police spokesman Pat Camden seems to disagree with Alvarez’s decision.
“It’s a sad day when an officer’s charged for doing something that he’s trained to do,” he said outside of the courthouse following Servin’s indictment.
Due to the charges, Servin is expected to be stripped of his title. He can face sentencing ranging from probation to five years behind bars. Earlier this year the city awarded Boyd’s family $4.5 million in a wrongful death suit settlement. While this indictment certainly won’t bring Rekia back, we hope that it serves as some sort of comfort for her grieving family.