Join the family of Rekia Boyd in celebrating her life, grieving herÂ murderÂ at the hands of aÂ Chicago police detective, and demand “Never Again!”
CHICAGO, IL – On Saturday, March 21, the family of Rekia Boyd will hold a rally and speak-out on the third anniversary of her murder at the hands of off-duty Chicago police detective Dante Servin. The rally will take place from 1p.m. to 3p.m. in Douglas Park, at 15th and Albany.
On April 9th, Servin will go on trial. He is charged with involuntary manslaughter, reckless discharge of a firearm and reckless conduct. This is the first time in more than 15 years that a Chicago police officer has faced these types of charges.
The rally will be attended by families of those that have suffered losses at the hands of police terror and violence in Chicago and their supporters.
“We want to send a clear message that we will keep fighting side by side until we see justice,” says Martinez Sutton, Rekia Boyd’s brother. “We also want to highlight the way police violence disproportionately affects women of color – our sisters are often forgotten and we want their names, stories, and struggles remembered.”
Rekia Boyd was only 22Â when she was shot in the back of the head and killed by an off-duty Chicago police detective.
The detective, Dante Servin, had gotten into a verbal altercation with one person among a group of individuals Boyd was standing with in Douglas Park, located on the South West Side. From his unmarked car, Servin turned the wrong way on a one-way street and fired five rounds over his left shoulder out the window. One of the rounds struck the hand of a man in the group; another hit Boyd in the back of the head. She died less than 24 hours later.
Police initially claimed a man in the group approached Servin with a weapon, prompting Servin to fire, “fearing for his life.” The Independent Police Review Authority later stated they found no weapon at the scene and that the man was reportedly holding a cell phone — not a gun.
Facebook Event (300+ RSVPs):Â https://www.facebook.com/events/1589265814622196/
Organized by: FURIE – Feminist Uprising to Resist Inequality and Exploitation