Former Cop Who Killed Rekia Boyd Seeking Disability; Claims He Suffered PTSD From Shooting
Aside from the massive injustice of getting away with murder, what really bothers me most about a lot of the people who gun down young Black men and women and get away with it is that after the fact, quite a few continue to test their luck. They stay in trouble, make bold comments, or in the case of individuals like Dante Servin, the former Chicago cop who killed 22-year-old Rekia Boyd, try to make money off of it. Servin wants to be paid disability by the city and claims that he has PTSD from the crimes he committed.
Yes, this is real life. And with bills due, Servin is reaching for any coin he can get.
On March 21, 2012, Servin, not on duty at the time and driving, reportedly approached a group of young people in the alley behind his home and reproached them for being loud. After getting into a verbal disagreement with someone in the group, which included Boyd, Servin opened fire five times. He claimed that he did so because one of the men pulled out a gun, however, those at the scene said it was a cellphone. No weapon was found at the scene. One of the five bullets fired hit Boyd in the back of the head and she died two days later.
Servin was eventually charged with involuntary manslaughter. However, the judge presiding over the case decided in April 2015 that Servin’s actions were not rash, but rather, done on purpose. He stated that Servin should have been charged with first-degree murder by the state’s prosecutor, and therefore, he issued a verdict of not guilty on the manslaughter charge. It was recommended by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago police superintendent at the time that Servin be fired due to the fact that the whole confrontation could have been avoided. He conveniently quit before he could be terminated.
According to the Chicago Tribune, Servin, 48, wants to be paid disability by the city because he claims he suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder due to the shooting and the results of it. However, you’re supposed to be in the act of duty when you became disabled to qualify for disability. So what’s angle? Well, Servin’s attorney claims that the former officer thought he was responding to a crime taking place, and cops are reportedly authorized to perform police duties even if they’re not on duty.
It’s now on the city’s police pension board to decide whether or not Servin should receive disability. If he does, the Tribune says he could obtain as much as 75 percent of the $104,000 salary he once took home until his pension starts up at the age of 50. That would of course be one injustice on top of another.