The ex-Chicago police detective who shot and killed 22-year-old innocent bystander Rekia Boyd is seeking to collect disability pay from the city because he says he suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder from the 2012 shooting.
The Chicago Tribune reports that Dante Servin, 48, could collect as much as $78,000 or 75 percent of his former $104,000 salary until his police pension kicks in.
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Last year, Servin resigned just days before a hearing to decide if he should be fired for Boyd’s death, a 2012 incident where he recklessly shot out of his moving car into a group of kids over loud noise. He was off-duty.
In 2013, Servin was charged with involuntary manslaughter for the death of Boyd, but was acquitted because of what the Tribune terms a “legal technicality.”
Servin’s attorney, Thomas Pleines, says that his client has every right to seek what is legal under Illinois law.
“Dante Servin is doing nothing other than what the law allows him to do, regarding his resignation, his application for disability and his avoiding being fired by the department,” Pleines said. “Everything he does is sanctioned by Illinois law.”
Here is what happened the night of the shooting, per the Tribune:
Servin arrived at his West Side home after working a second job just before midnight in March 2012 and saw a large group gathered in sprawling Douglas Park. He called 911 to report drinking, noise and the potential for trouble, according to court records.
About an hour later, Servin left his house for food, driving out of his garage through an alley … Servin has said he heard loud voices as he approached a group of four people while driving his car slowly. He rolled down his window and asked — he says politely — that the four keep the noise down. He said Antonio Cross immediately got upset, yelled profanities and pulled a gun from his waistband.
Servin, in plainclothes, said he yelled that he was a police officer and drew a Glock 9 mm, firing across his body out the window at Cross as he kept driving. Cross was wounded on the hand, but Boyd, who was several feet behind Cross, was shot once in the back of the head. She died the next day.
No gun was recovered at the scene other than the one fired by Servin.
In November 2013, Servin was charged by former Cook County District Attorney Anita Alvarez with involuntary manslaughter, saying he had acted recklessly by firing out of his moving car toward Boyd and the others. He was found to have violated the department’s policy by firing into a crowd.
An Independent Police Review Authority report also noted that Servin didn’t identify himself as an officer until he said he saw Cross brandish the gun.
Then-Superintendent Garry McCarthy initially backed Servin, but last November, he moved to fire and suspend him without pay — a day before the bombshell release of the video showing a Chicago police officer shoot Laquan McDonald 16 times as the 17-year-old was turned away from him.
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Rekia Boyd’s brother, Martinez Sutton (shown in photo), said the fact that Servin can entertain this is one more example of a system that protects police no matter what. Sutton, who has traveled the world since his sister’s death speaking out on policing and human rights issues, is actually seeking a degree in clinical mental health counseling himself.
“Based on the experience I went through … we have to deal with this mental beating on our own and find our own way through it. And yet still, they go and hug their officers and make sure they are OK,” Sutton said to the Tribune. “… Let’s be real. Some of the police officers actually do (face) danger. This is just a case where (he) wasn’t even close to being in danger. No weapon found. And look at the justice we got.”
SOURCE: The Chicago Tribune | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty, Twitter