A Chicago officer who said he was afraid for his safety when he opened fire on a crowd is set to stand trial.
Detective Dante Servin was off duty in March of 2012 when he fired wildly into a crowd of people and struck Rekia Boyd in the back of the head.
According to Servin, he saw a man point a gun at him and then fired over his shoulder. Cook County prosecutors determined that Servin did behave recklessly when he fired into a crowd that included Ms. Boyd.
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Servin was placed on desk duty and in November, was charged with involuntary manslaυghter, reckless discharge of a firearm and reckless conduct, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Servin said he was out to get a burger in the early AM when he was involved in a disagreement:
Through his open driver’s side window, Servin told two men in the group that no one would call police if they stayed in the park and were quiet but that “people lived here.”One of the men, Antonio Cross, told the Tribune he thought Servin was trying to buy drugs and told him to “move the (expletive) on.” Another man in the group also cursed at him, prosecutors said.
Servin says he thought he saw Cross pull a gun when he looked over his shoulder.
As NaturallyMoi reported in July of last year, the Chicago City Council approved a $4.5 million dollar settlement for the family of the slain 22-year old.
Servin’s trial is currently set for October, 27.