Dante Servin, the Chicago Police officer who shot Rekia Boyd during an off-duty 2012 incident, resigned Tuesday, just days before a hearing over whether he should be terminated, writes the Chicago Tribune.
Lori Lightfoot, chairman of the Chicago Police Board, confirmed the resignation, saying he submitted his papers Tuesday, notes the report:
Then-police Superintendent Garry McCarthy announced his decision to fire Servin in November 2015 — just a day before Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke was charged with first-degree murder in the on-duty shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald. The fatal shooting of McDonald was captured on police dashboard camera video, touching off waves of protests when it was released to the public by court order.
Servin was charged with involuntary manslaughter for the fatal shooting of a black woman, Rekia Boyd. But in April 2015 a Cook County judge acquitted Servin in a bombshell ruling after concluding that prosecutors brought the wrong charge. Citing case law and the evidence at trial, Judge Dennis Porter said that if Servin was to be criminally charged at all, prosecutors should have indicted him for first-degree murder.
By submitting his resignation, Servin avoided testifying publicly about the shooting, writes the Tribune.
SOURCE: The Chicago Tribune | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty