The trial is set to begin on Thursday regarding the 2012 shooting death of 22-year-old Rekia Boyd, a young black woman whose name was continually mentioned throughout the nation’s battles against police over use of deadly force.
Dante Servin, a Hispanic officer, called 911 on March 20, 2012 to report a noisy party at a park near his residence. He left his home after midnight on March 21 to go get food and got into an argument with a group of people in an alley. He had an unregistered semiautomatic handgun and shot at them from his car. He wounded Boyd, who died the next day.
Servin is the first officer in 15 years to be charged in a fatal shooting. Along with other felonies, he is facing an involuntary manslaughter charge. He was off-duty when the shooting occurred.
The trial follows a $4.5 million civil lawsuit filed by the Boyd family, which the city of Chicago settled.
Servin could receive up to 5 years in prison if convicted, but he is currently still employed by the police department on desk duty.