18
August , 2018
Saturday

Email This Post Email This Post

Join the family of Rekia Boyd in celebrating her life, grieving her murder at the hands of a 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 22 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): https://www.facebook.com/events/1589265814622196/
Organized by: FURIE – Feminist Uprising to Resist Inequality and Exploitation

You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.

Recent Comments

Welcome to CopyLine Magazine! The first issue of CopyLine Magazine was published in November, 1990, by Editor & Publisher Juanita Bratcher. CopyLine’s main focus is on the political arena – to inform our readers and analyze many of the pressing issues of the day - controversial or otherwise. Our objectives are clear – to keep you abreast of political happenings and maneuvering in the political arena, by reporting and providing provocative commentaries on various issues. For more about CopyLine Magazine, CopyLine Blog, and CopyLine Television/Video, please visit juanitabratcher.com, copylinemagazine.com, and oneononetelevision.com. Bratcher has been a News/Reporter, Author, Publisher, and Journalist for 33 years. She is the author of six books, including “Harold: The Making of a Big City Mayor” (Harold Washington), Chicago’s first African-American mayor; and “Beyond the Boardroom: Empowering a New Generation of Leaders,” about John Herman Stroger, Jr., the first African-American elected President of the Cook County Board. Bratcher is also a Poet/Songwriter, with 17 records – produced by HillTop Records of Hollywood, California. Juanita Bratcher Publisher

Recent Posts