The former Chicago officer responsible for shooting at a car full of unarmed teenagers in 2013 has been indicted by a grand jury.
Police pulled over a car full of teens for a speeding violation. During the incident, 41-year-old Marco Proano was captured on a dashcam shooting at a vehicle as the driver attempted to back up and leave the scene. The car continued until it hit a street light and one of the injured teens got out of the vehicle. Two teens were injured during the shooting.
As the case was investigated, Proano was discharged from his job on the force. After viewing the video, many concluded that the former officer used unnecessary excessive force to stop the car.
"When a police officer uses unreasonable force, it has a harmful effect on not only the victims, but also the public, who lose faith and confidence in law enforcement," said Zachary T. Fardon, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois. "Our Office will continue to independently and vigorously pursue civil rights prosecutions to hold officers accountable and strengthen trust in the police."
The injured teens later settled a lawsuit against the city of Chicago for $360,000.
Proano faces charges of federal civil rights violations. Each count of the indictment is punishable by up to ten years in prison.
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