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.