Police Detective Found Not Guilty in Fatal Shooting of Rekia Boyd

Police Detective Found Not Guilty in Fatal Shooting of Rekia Boyd

A judge has cleared Dante Servin of involuntary manslaughter, reckless conduct and reckless discharge of a firearm.

Published April 20, 2015

Chicago Police Detective Dante Servin has been found not guilty of involuntary manslaughter, reckless conduct and reckless discharge of a firearm in the shooting death of an unarmed Black woman, the Associated Press reports.

In what the Chicago Sun Times has called "an unusual move," Cook County Judge Dennis Porter granted a direct verdict, ruling that Servin's conduct was "beyond reckless" in the March 2012 shooting of Rekia Boyd, 22. Proving recklessness was key to all three charges, of which officer Servin has been cleared.

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In issuing his verdict, Porter said, "The evidence does not support the charges on which the defendant is being tried," claiming that the officer's decision to fire his weapon "was an intentional act."

“This is not a place for emotion,” he reportedly said before reading his verdict. “This is a place for reasoned decisions.”  

Servin's attorney, Darren O'Brien, told the Chicago Sun Times that his client cannot be retried because he believes double jeopardy applies to the case.

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(Photo: Rekia Boyd via Facebook)

Written by Patrice Peck

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