Rally marks 3 years since death of woman shot by off duty Chicago police officer

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CHICAGO-- At a rally in Chicago Saturday the face of Rekia Boyd was on display.

Rekia, 22, was shot and killed just steps from Douglas Park by an off-duty Chicago police officer.

The rally was put together by the feminist group, “Furie.”

Rekia’s older brother, Martinez Sutton, marking the three year anniversary of his sister’s death— fought back tears and said “She didn’t harm anybody. She was out in this park having fun. Three years ago. This exact date, 75 degree weather.”

“My sister laid in that alley right across the street from here for 30 minutes or more,” he said, “and the hospital is what, 4 blocks away?”

Prosecutors say Officer Dante Servin confronted a group Boyd was walking with, about causing a disturbance.

Servin fired several shots from his vehicle, after alleging one of the men pointed a gun at him.

Boyd was nearby and was shot in the back of the head.

She died the next day.

Martinez Sutton: “How can a family properly grieve, when nothing has been done about her murder?”

The gun Servin says was pointed at him was never found.

Witnesses say all the man had was a cell phone.

Servin would later be indicted for involuntary manslaughter, the first time in more than 15 years a Chicago officer has faced such serious charges.

Now Servin is less than three weeks away from trial.

Martinez Sutton: “My heart, I feel like the judge will make the right decision, but at the same time, I get discouraged about what’s going on around me. All these not guilty. Not guilty. The officers found innocent. It kind of discourages you a little bit.”

The city did pay Rekia’s estate, $4.4 million to settle a lawsuit but her brother says no amount of money could ever make-up for the loss of his sister.

Just days before she died, Rekia was preparing to begin a nursing program.  Her brother says her dream was to open up a center to help homeless youth.

 

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  • Mike

    Why did the city settle this case before the officer was tried and later acquitted. With no disrespect intended, my guess is because she was black.