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Video: Chicago Officer Not Guilty in Shooting of Unarmed Woman

April 21, 2015  | 

VIDEO: Chicago Officer Not Guilty in Shooting of Unarmed Woman

After just four days, a judge found a Chicago police officer not guilty on charges he shot and killed Rekia Boyd, a 22-year-old unarmed woman. The officer was off-duty when he opened fire during a confrontation with a group of people three years ago, reports WLS-TV.

The decorated police officer, who remained on the force but was stripped of his powers and assigned to desk duty during the proceedings, was charged with involuntary manslaughter. The judge ruled there was no evidence of reckless conduct in the case, which would have been required for the involuntary manslaughter charge and others, and dismissed the charges.

As the officer walked out of court a free man, an emotional group of Boyd's family, friends and supporters followed after him, shouting "murderer!" The officer, who spoke to cameras after the decision, maintains his innocence.

Chicago police said Monday night that the officer will remain stripped of his police powers until the Independent Police Review Authority finishes their investigation.

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Ken Herbert @ 4/21/2015 2:15 PM

Congrats to the officer. The PD should respect the judges findings and put him back on duty not violate double jeopardy

Jon Retired LEO @ 4/22/2015 10:37 AM

I am very happy that the Judge found in favor of the officer, however I fear that this thing is not over yet. I am afraid that he is going to end up like the Ferguson Officer but I hope not. The snakes have yet to bare their fangs but watch out!

Jonathan Friest @ 4/28/2015 10:47 PM

Mr. Herbert I guess it's easy to congratulate a man for killing an unarmed individual in your world. Suppose it was your child. Would you congratulate him then? When i hear of anyone being killed by an officer. I ask, was that person who died armed and dangerous? To me that's the only justification for deadly force....If the tables were turned I'm more than sure our tune would be different. Black officer shoots and kills a white unarmed teen. Noooo Not in America! But its okay the other way around? Yeah the earthly judge found no fault.., but I wonder will the heavenly Judge find fault...?

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