Maybe This Is Why They Riot


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JUDGE FINDS CHICAGO COP DANTE SERVIN NOT GUILTY; COURTROOM EXPLODEs


By Diane Pathieu and Michelle Gallardo
Tuesday, April 21, 2015

CHICAGO (WLS) --

After just four days, a judge found Chicago Police Officer Dante Servin not guilty on charges he shot and killed Rekia Boyd, a 22-year-old unarmed woman. Servin was off-duty when he opened fire during a confrontation with a group of people three years ago.

Servin, a decorated police officer who remained on the force but was stripped of his powers and assigned to desk duty during the proceedings, was charged with involuntary manslaughter. The judge ruled there was no evidence of reckless conduct in the case, which would have been required for the involuntary manslaughter charge and others, and dismissed the charges.

"Simply put, the evidence presented in this case does not support the charges on which the defendant was indicted and tried. There being no evidence of recklessness as a matter of law, there is no evidence to which the state could sustain its burden of proof as to the fourth element of the charge of involuntary manslaughter," Judge Dennis Porter said. "Therefore, there is a finding of not guilty on all counts and the defendant is discharged."

As soon as the verdict was announced, the courtroom exploded. Boyd's brother, Martinez Sutton, shouted "that man killed my sister" as other family members cried out in disbelief. Guards escorted him out of the courtroom while Servin watched from the corner, blinking back tears.

As Servin walked out of court a free man, an emotional group of Boyd's family, friends and supporters followed after him, shouting "murderer!" Servin, who spoke to cameras after the decision, maintains his innocence.

"I think it was a mistake for the state's attorney to charge me, but I also explained to the family that if this is what they needed for closure - for me to be charged - I hope they got what they were looking for," Servin said.


In March 2012, 22-year-old Rekia Boyd was walking to a store with three friends near Douglas Park. Prosecutors said that Servin, who was off-duty, was upset over the noise and told the group to quiet down. After exchanging words, Servin fired five shots over his shoulder while sitting in his car. Boyd was hit in the head from behind and killed, her boyfriend, Antonio Cross, was hit in the thumb. The group of four had their backs turned to Servin in an alley.

Servin was charged with reckless conduct and reckless discharge of a firearm.

Servin's defense said he feared for his life, and claimed to see Cross pull a gun from his waistband and point it at him, he then fired in self-defense. A gun was never recovered.

After the judge's decision, Boyd's family, friends and supporters cried foul and were extremely upset.

"I am Rekia Boyd's mom. They just found this man not guilty on all counts, and he blew my daughter's brains out in the alley," said Angela Helton.

"I will never be able to call Rekia again. I will never be able to say 'Rekia, can you come over and do this?' I will never be able to do that," Sutton said.

Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez said Monday in a written statement: "I am extremely disappointed by the Judge's ruling. The State's Attorney's Office brought charges in this case in good faith and only after a very careful legal analysis of the evidence as well as the specific circumstances of this crime."

Outside the courthouse, dozens of Boyd's family members and supporters held an impromptu protest, where they promised to keep fighting for justice in Boyd's death. More protesters hit the streets Monday night.

Chicago police said Monday night that Servin will remain stripped of his police powers until the Independent Police Review Authority finishes their investigation.


Judge finds Chicago cop Dante Servin not guilty in shooting death of Rekia Boyd; courtroom explodes | abc7chicago.com
 
captain morgan
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Why bother with a trial at all?
 
IdRatherBeSkiing
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Seems to me the issue, if I am reading it correctly, is they tried him on the incorrect charge.

That said it did appear this was an inappropriate time to be discharging a firearm.
 
captain morgan
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The OP suggests a racial element... I personally don't see it... The Prosecutor made the decision to pursue charges that were not supported by the evidence.

All the same, should the family and friends of anyone that is killed be expected to riot, loot and burn each time an event like this happens?
 
IdRatherBeSkiing
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Quote: Originally Posted by captain morgan View Post

The OP suggests a racial element... I personally don't see it... The Prosecutor made the decision to pursue charges that were not supported by the evidence.

All the same, should the family and friends of anyone that is killed be expected to riot, loot and burn each time an event like this happens?

I don't think that has happened yet. No doubt the raw emotion will be manipulated by those who want to cause trouble.

I think they have every reason to be upset. They were presented with a path to justice which was not valid but they put their hopes in. It seems clear to me that the officer did wrong but the states attorney bungled it by pursuing the incorrect charge.
 
captain morgan
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Quote: Originally Posted by IdRatherBeSkiing View Post

I don't think that has happened yet. No doubt the raw emotion will be manipulated by those who want to cause trouble.

You are correct, there was no mention of any crazy response from the family or community.

I posted as I did originally as the OP title attempted to open a door in comparing events that did result in rioting, etc


Quote: Originally Posted by IdRatherBeSkiing View Post

I think they have every reason to be upset. They were presented with a path to justice which was not valid but they put their hopes in. It seems clear to me that the officer did wrong but the states attorney bungled it by pursuing the incorrect charge.

Absolutely... They have every reason to be outraged and holler for blood... In my subjective view, there was no justice, no (real) application of the law and it is now a guy that simply got away with murder.
 
damngrumpy
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We have watched a series of actions by police that are the minority of cases compared
to day to day activities. I do think some cops are way out of control and people are no
longer willing to sit by and tolerate their behavior. Phones are recording events proving
the official documents submitted by police are lies. I have no need to worry about the
cops but if in a doubtful situation I must say I have no trust in them at all. How do I tell a
good cop from a bad one? If I was a visible minority I would have even more concerns.
We are going to see more and more people in the streets if respect earned not enforced
is not returned to policing in general
 
SLM
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The problem is not the people who've been wronged, who are justifiably, in many cases, outraged and just can't take it anymore. Most people can understand that, violent though it may be, we all get there is a tipping point. The problem is all the losers who piggy back on people's pain and suffering just so they can rob and vandalize.
 
Twila
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Re: Maybe This Is Why They Riot:

the general public has a perception based on an amalgamation of news stories. It becomes one side againt another especially if there is a history of having your needs, wants, and rights trampled regularily. When the statistics support your view of how you're treated by "authority" whom you're told over and over are choosen by you because that's how democracy works where do you turn?

Has any gains ever been had by peaceful protesting?

Should a protest be dismissed because some losers lose control and mob mentality rears its' ugly head?

Something is clearly wrong with the current system of policing.
 
SLM
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Quote: Originally Posted by Twila View Post


Something is clearly wrong with the current system of policing.

It's far too much "us vs them" and that's on both sides.
 
Ludlow
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just another example of the ole justification habit.
 
Twila
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Found this poem today.

A Small Needful Fact

Is that Eric Garner worked
for some time for the Parks and Rec.
Horticultural Department, which means,
perhaps, that with his very large hands,
perhaps, in all likelihood,
he put gently into the earth
some plants which, most likely,
some of them, in all likelihood,
continue to grow, continue
to do what such plants do, like house
and feed small and necessary creatures,
like being pleasant to touch and smell,
like converting sunlight
into food, like making it easier
for us to breathe.
-Ross Gay
 
Ludlow
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Quote: Originally Posted by Twila View Post

Found this poem today.

A Small Needful Fact

Is that Eric Garner worked
for some time for the Parks and Rec.
Horticultural Department, which means,
perhaps, that with his very large hands,
perhaps, in all likelihood,
he put gently into the earth
some plants which, most likely,
some of them, in all likelihood,
continue to grow, continue
to do what such plants do, like house
and feed small and necessary creatures,
like being pleasant to touch and smell,
like converting sunlight
into food, like making it easier
for us to breathe.
-Ross Gay

hey that poem didn't even rhyme.
 
Twila
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Quote: Originally Posted by Ludlow View Post

hey that poem didn't even rhyme.

Lol. Thats cause its an artsy fartsy poem.
 
Ludlow
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you mean like , here I sit all broken hearted ,,,tried to,,,,

oh no that one does rhyme,,nevermind
 

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