The Chicago cop who killed Rekia Boyd in 2012 has decided to resign from his position two days before the scheduled police board hearing that would have decided his fate. According to the Huffington Post, Dante Servin, who shot and killed Boyd in the back of the head, would have lost his retirement pension if the board had decided to fire him. Instead, as per the department’s standards, all disciplinary charges against Servin were dropped upon him resigning, thus eliminating the possibility altogether.
“Why are we even fighting? He should be in a cell, like every other criminal serving his time,” Sutton said. “Even if I’m fighting to get this guy fired, he’s free to go about his life. He’s free to get another job.”
Unlike the almost half (49%) of Baby Boomer’s still working that say they don’t expect to retire until they are 66 or older (one in 10 predict they will never retire), according to a 2014 Gallup survey, Servin will collect the pension from his $97,044 annual salary. He will also be free to go out and find another job/career.
The tragic incident cost the city $4.5 million in a legal settlement and did result in an officer being criminally charged in a fatal shooting for the first time in 15 years. Unfortunately for activists on Boyd’s side, Servin beat the involuntary manslaughter charge that was brought against him. It was an odd charge to begin with as the judge noted that because Servin’s act was intentional (he shot into a crowd of people Boyd was a part of after he allegedly believed one person in the group had a gun) there was no way prosecutors could prove involuntary manslaughter.
“Everybody knew it wasn’t going to go through,” said Boyd’s brother, Martinez Sutton. “It’s like making a movie: You know that movie is being made. You know how the ending will go. You just don’t know the release date.”
The ordeal has sparked some change in the city as activists were successful in ousting Cook County States Attorney Anita Alvarez, who made the decision to charge Servin with involuntary manslaughter instead of murder.
“You have all these folks coming together from all over the country — and not just this country — but overseas. It’s powerful,” Sutton said. “It gives you hope again. It gives you hope in a sense because you know folks actually do care.”