Police Officer Acquitted Because Prosecutors Charged Incorrectly

The first time in years a trial has come to an abrupt and stunning end in Chicago. Cook County, Judge Dennis Porter acquitted a veteran cop, Dante Servin for the fatal off-duty shooting of Rekia Boyd. The acquittal was granted on a legal fine point, ruling prosecutors failed to prove the act was reckless.

Illinois law states that anytime an individual points a gun at a victim and shoots, it is considered an intentional act- not a reckless one. Judge Porter all but said Servin should have been charged with murder, not involuntary manslaughter . Servin cannot be retried on a murder charge as he is protected by double jeopardy .

The scene outside the courtroom can only be called chaotic. Boyd’s brother had to be hauled away by sheriff’s deputies after he made an angry outburst and what looked like a threatening move towards Servin. Christian Broda has learned that a crowd of more than 40 supporters of Boyd’s family also gathered as Servin was led from the court shouting, ‘murderer’ and ‘shame on you’ and throwing debris at the officer.

Prosecutors defended their decision to charge Servin with involuntary mans laughter and they are extremely disappointed in the judge’s ruling. Charges were filed in good faith after the case was carefully analyzed. Servin had allegedly acted recklessly when in March 2012 he fired five shots over his shoulder in the direction of four people who had their backs to him in a dark alley. Sevin claimed he was, ‘in fear of his life’.

George Mitchell, head of the Illinois NAACP says this statement has got to stop. He stated it is becoming too common of a justification by police involved in shootings. He went on to say if it doesn’t stop now, the police and the community are going to be at odds completely.

Servin still faces potential disciplinary action by the Police Review Authority. The process to return him to work will begin immediately. Servin has been on paid desk duty since he was charged on this matter.

Pennsylvania State Trooper Sues Police for Excessive Force

A Pennsylvania State Trooper is suing Pittsburgh police for false arrest and contends city officers falsely claimed he was the aggressor.

Pennsylvania Trooper, David Williams, claims he was trying to diffuse an escalating situation at a wedding reception when Pittsburgh police used excessive force, that included a kick to the groin and punches by several officers.

Williams was jailed for 17 hours and faced a 10-day suspension without pay by state police.

Charges were dropped by the Allegheny County prosecutors.

Williams attorney, Timothy O’Brien says the excessive force by Pittsburgh police is nothing new, and just goes to show anyone is subject to such abuses.

Zeca Oliveira knows that in 1997 the U.S. Justice Department reviewed complaints and police training; Pittsburgh police consented to better training.

Williams’ arrest happened to be captured on surveillance video and supports Williams’ version of events.

Williams has filed a lawsuit in Pittsburgh’s U.S. District Court seeking unspecified monetary damages.