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Chicago Officer Charged in Rekia Boyd Shooting

Chicago police officer Dante Servin has been indicted for the 2012 shooting of Rekia Boyd, according to DNA Info.  The 45 year old is being charged with involuntary manslaughter, reckless discharge of a firearm and reckless conduct in a case that sparked a wave of national attention.

Servin initially stated he was acting in self defense when firing his gun because Boyd’s friend was allegedly pointing a gun. However it was later found that the gun in question was in fact a cell phone and the Independent Police Review Authority has since stated there was never a weapon found at the scene.

The Boyd family settled a wrongful death lawsuit with the city this year for $4.5 Million.  Read more about the details of this case HERE.

According to WGN, it has been more than 15 years since a Chicago officer has faced formal charges for a police involved-shooting.