Former Chicago police officer wants record expunged after fatal 2012 shooting

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CHICAGO – The former Chicago police officer acquitted in the 2012 shooting death of Rekia Boyd had a hearing with a judge Thursday to have his court record cleared.

Dante Servin was off-duty when he accidentally shot Boyd. He said he was firing at a man he thought had a gun. Servin was charged and later acquitted of manslaughter charges in Boyd's death.

He resigned from the Chicago Police Department to protect his pension, and now wants his record expunged.

Boyd's family has argued that should not happen, however.

"This is painful," said Martinez Sutton, Boyd's brother. "First you let him go, now you pay him a reward for a good job done, and then you're about to expunge it from his record so he could possibly do it again."

Attorney Matt Fakhoury said Servin wants his record expunged so he can get a job and help support his family.

"He regrets everything associated with that day, but the truth is that no crime occurred," Fakhoury said. "That's the focus this petition that because there was no crime, there was a finding of not guilty, he should be able to get this case expunged and move on with his life.

Fakhoury said he does not know if Servin will seek another job in law enforcement.

The judge will make a ruling next week.

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