A cop in Chicago has been criminally charged after fatally shooting a woman last year, marking the first time since 1995 that a city police officer has been charged in a high-profile shooting death.
Dante Servin was charged with involuntary manslaughter in relation to the 2012 death of 22-year-old Rekia Boyd, according to The New York Daily News.
The Chicago Tribune reported that Cook County prosecutors said Servin, who was off-duty at the time of the shooting, acted recklessly, opening fire over his left shoulder from inside his car into an alley occupied by at least four people.
Servin has said he opened fire after he saw a man point a gun at him near his home on March 21, 2012. However, the intended target only had only a cell phone, authorities said, and Boyd, a woman with his group, was fatally shot in the back of the head.
The 45-year-old Servin was charged on Monday with involuntary manslaughter, reckless discharge of a firearm and reckless conduct. He was released on $75,000 bail.
"It's a sad day when charges are warranted against a police officer, but we feel very strongly that in this particular case Ms. Rekia Boyd lost her life for no reason," State's Attorney Anita Alvarez told reporters.
Servin has kept his $87,000-a-year job and been placed on desk duty since the shooting, but it’s expected that the department will strip him of his police powers due to the charges. He faces anything from probation to five years in jail if convicted of involuntary manslaughter.
The city previously paid more than $4 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit brought by Boyd's estate.