Video: $4.5 Million Awarded To Family Of Innocent Chicago Woman Slain By Police

· July 9, 2013

Almost a year after 22-year-old Rekia Boyd (pictured) was gunned down on Chicago’s West Side by Chicago detective Dante Servin, the Chicago City Council Wednesday approved a $4.5 million settlement with the family, reports ABC News.

Boyd was an innocent bystander in Chicago’s Douglas Park around 1:00 a.m. on March 21, 2012 when Servin, responding to a disturbance call, arrived on the scene. The officer exchanged words with Antonio Cross, who was also in the park. After turning away, Servin, who was in his car, claims he saw Cross pull out a gun. It was actually his cell phone, but it was too late.
Servin fired five shots “blindly” over his shoulder, shooting Cross in his thumb and striking Boyd in the head. She died the next day at Mount Sinai Hospital.

Cross was charged with aggravated assaulted against Servin. The officer did not appear for the court date, so charged were dropped.

“We didn’t even get a damn I’m sorry yet. We’re still waiting,” said Boyd’s brother, Martinez Sutton.

Sutton and Darian Boyd, Rekia’s other older brother said that the family not only had not received condolences from the Chicago Police Department, but that Police Superintendent Gary McCarthy called the death ”justified” in a press conference following the shooting.

“We’ve made multiple attempts to contact them and even asked news stations to please contact them since they won’t talk to us,” said Darian Boyd to Truth-Out at the time, adding, “It just makes it that much harder to deal with the grief.”

Though Boyd’s family will receive $4.5 million as part of a wrongful death settlement, they say justice has in no way been served until or unless Servin is criminally charged in the shooting death.

ABC reports more on the settlement and continuing investigation below:

“Superintendent (Garry) McCarthy and State’s Attorney (Anita) Alvarez should accelerate their investigation and bring charges,” said Bishop Tavis Grant. “It’s very clear this woman was murdered.”
Detective Servin was placed on administrative duty after the shooting where he remains today.

The Independent Police Review Authority in November turned over its report on the shooting to the State’s Attorney office where it currently remains.
[...] “This has been a farce all along,” said Benjamin Starks, Cross’ attorney. “They knew they were not going to go forward, but they kept up the charade.”

After approving another multi-million dollar settlement involving police conduct, some council members wonder aloud about discipline.

“There are certain mistakes that people make and they do lose their jobs for them. There are consequences for those mistakes,” said Alderman Howard Brookins.

The financial settlement in the Boyd death came quickly, but the possible criminal prosecution of a police officer is not moving at the same speed.

The State’s Attorney’s office says that its review is ongoing and beyond that no comment on when or whether charges may come.

For Rekia Boyd’s family, her death is much more than a “mistake”:

“Her death certificate says killed by police,” said Sutton, “but I feel like my sister was murdered.”

Boyd was gunned down less than one month after 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was killed by neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman. As that case lingers on in the legal system, Zimmerman continues to elude consequences for his crime.

  • MoorDetroitRed

    Did I hear it right; he was charged but didn’t show up so charges were dropped, then put on paid vacation where he remains?

    Never in my f*ckin life have I heard such bullsh1t. If you or I jump bond or say fuq the courts, additional charges are added and the U.S. Marshals come looking for me.

    The police depts of the world do far more harm then good with their gross double standard and their drug war we’ll never see the end of. They’re pretty much domestic terrorist and ought to be treated as such.

    • http://www.atlnightspots.com B Strait 3000 (MEGACORP)

      Welcome to Chicago @mooron….more specifically the west side of chitown(north lawndale neighborhood). Shit ain’t fair & probably will never be. Sadly this young girls life was taken & the city is on bull so they won’t do anything about it smh. Douglas park is dark as hell at night too so the best advice is to stay outta that park at night. This definitely is some bull,rip to this young sister smh

      • MoorDetroitRed

        I thought the same thing about being at the park at 1 a.m. deal. Another young one learns the hard way. Nothing good happens outside after dark. And u say welcome to Chi? My dude, welcome to the planet cause police brutality and murder is universal. Last week a mistrial was announced in the shooting of 7 year old Ayana Jones by a white Detroit cop during a raid while First 48 filmed from outside. It ain’t just a Chicago thing brah

        • http://atlnightspots.com M0311

          @Moor, You read the part about him being charged wrong. The dude was charged but the Officer never showed up so they dropped the charges. Still don’t understand that part either. The Officer should have showed up to court in a situation this serious. That’s crazy! WFT they doing in Chicago! I know it’s crazy up there and all. The cops have a hard job up there. I hate it for the family. A dark park, a disturbance call. It’s easy to play Monday…Tuesday morning QB. The officer should have had back up in that situation or at least removed the dude from the car. SMH. A lost for everyone.

      • JGoode

        U read wrong. Cross was charged. Server didn’t show. So charges were dropped

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