Rekia Boyd was twenty-two when she was shot by a white off-duty Chicago, Illinois police detective. Much like Sean Elijah Bell, Amadou Diallo, and Trayvon Martin, he death came with a lot of questions.
Boyd was born on November 5, 1989, in Chicago, Illinois. She moved with her family from Chicago’s Southside to Dolton, Illinois, a Chicago suburb.
On March 21, 2012, Boyd was hanging out with friends at Douglas Park on the West Side of Chicago. The group was listening to music and drinking. Around 1:00 Boyd along with a few friends decided to make a trip to a nearby liquor store. During this time, Servin who was finishing up his shift on a second job and was off duty decided to go to a nearby fast food restaurant for a hamburger.
Servin drove to Douglas Park after a citizen called police about a noise complaint. Servin saw Boyd and her friends and later claimed they were arguing in an alley. It is unclear whether Servin approached the group aggressively or calmly. However, one of Boyd’s friends claimed the off-duty officer attempted to purchase drugs from the group. When he was told to “get his Crackhead ass out of here,” the officer pulled a gun, stuck it out the window and fired into the group. Boyd was hit in the head and killed instantly.
After the shooting, the Chicago Police Department defended Servin’s actions and arrested Cross. The Police Department claimed that Servin had discharged his weapon after Cross had approached him with a gun. Upon investigation, it was discovered that Cross was holding a cellphone.
In November 2013, Servin was charged with involuntary manslaughter but was cleared of all charges two years later on April 20, 2015, by Judge Dennis J. Porter following a non-jury trial. Servin later resigned from the police force and the Boyd family was paid $4.5 million dollars.