Backlash grows in the wake of a Chicago police officer’s acquittal

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CHICAGO -- The backlash against the Cook County State's Attorney in the wake of a Chicago police officer's acquittal continues.

A judge dropped the charges against a Chicago police officer accused of killing an unarmed black woman earlier this week.

The Rainbow Push Coalition and several pastors joined together today to speak out about the shooting death of 22-year-old Rekia Boyd  by off duty Chicago police officer Dante Servin.

Servin was found innocent because after Cook County assistant state's attorney's presented their case, Judge Dennis Porter didn't think the evidence presented against Servin supported the charges.

The Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression thinks the book should have been thrown at Servin and that he should have been charged with first or second degree murder.

They have been watching this case from the beginning.

“This is the first time I’ve ever seen (a) judge let a criminal go because he was improperly charged,” said Frank Chapman. “I have never seen that before.”

Chapman believes the state's attorney's office and the police department have too close of a relationship to look at cases like these objectively.  They say Servin is the first Chicago police officer in 20 years to be charged with killing someone.

WGN legal analyst Terry Sullivan thinks Judge Porter gave the only verdict he could with the charges before him.

“I think one has to give credit in this day and age to a judge to has the guts to call it the way he's sworn, despite mob rule sitting in the audience,” Sullivan said.

After the verdict Monday, State’s Attoney Anita Alvarez expressed her disappointment with the decision and sent her condolences to the family of Rekia Boyd.

 

 

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