Black Lives Matter sues Chicago IPRA

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CHICAGO -- A task force designed to help improve relations between the police and the public will hold its first community forum, partly in response to the uproar over the Laquan McDonald killing.

On Tuesday the activist group “Black Lives Matter” held a news conference to demand action on another police killing case that has become a flash-point in relations with many in the black community.

The brother of Rekia Boyd joined “Black Lives Matter” in announcing a lawsuit against Chicago’s Independent Police Review Authority, trying to get access to the records of the investigation into Boyd’s death.

Last April Chicago police detective Dante Servin was acquitted of involuntary manslaughter charges in the death of Boyd.  Prosecutors argued Servin recklessly fired his gun at a group of people and hit Boyd in the back of the head.

The acquittal stirred anger because it was based a legal technicality: the judge said state’s attorney Anita Alvarez should have charged him with murder, not involuntary manslaughter.

The charges against Servin represented the first time in more than 15 years that a police officer was charged in Chicago in connection with a fatal shooting.

This case and several other recent fatal encounters between young black people and Chicago police will surely be the topic of discussion at Tuesday’s forum.