Demand Justice for Chicago Woman Killed By Police

Target: Chicago Police Department

Goal: Ensure the detective who opened fire on an unarmed group of people and killed a young woman is punished for his actions

Rekia Boyd wasn’t doing anything wrong when Detective Dante Servin approached her and her friends on an unseasonably warm night in March. She didn’t confront the off-duty officer or cause any trouble. She was simply outside enjoying the weather. But when Servin pulled a gun and opened fire on the group, she became the latest victim in a long series of police-instigated violence against innocent citizens.

Servin shot Boyd in the back of the head as she turned to run from his shots. She died the next day. The detective claims he fired in self-defense when Boyd’s companion pulled out a gun, but no weapon has been found at the scene. It seems that Boyd and her friends were unarmed–and that Servin opened fire in response to a verbal dispute that he started from his car.

For most people, that would be considered manslaughter at the very least. But because Servin has served on the force for 17 years, he walked away without facing punishment. Boyd’s family, on the other hand, will forever face the sting of knowing that their beloved relative was killed at 22.

Trayvon Martin may be the most visible victim of racial profiling, but he certainly isn’t the last. Black men, women and children are brutalized and killed by police all the time. More often than not, the officers go unpunished and the case barely makes the news. Most of the time, it’s considered business as usual.

It’s time we stood up for those who have become victims of the system’s web of oppression. Bring visibility to Rekia Boyd’s case. Tell the Chicago Police Department that we will not tolerate senseless violence against black youth. Demand that Detective Servin be punished–and help ensure that young men and women like Rekia are never murdered by police again.


Dear Chicago Police Department,

When Detective Dante Servin opened fire on Rekia Boyd and her group of friends, he was the only one holding a gun. He has since made the claim that he shot in self-defense, but no weapon has been found on the scene. Now, a young woman is dead as a result of his violent altercation.

Rekia was an outgoing young woman who enjoyed singing in her church’s youth choir. She was doing nothing wrong the night of March 21, but she still was doomed to become the latest victim of racial profiling by police. Her family has sued both Servin and the city of Chicago, seeking justice for their sister, daughter and friend. They know that Rekia died for no other reason than as a symptom of a corrupt system–and they refuse to let her case die quietly.

Rekia will not become yet another forgotten victim of police violence. We stand behind her family to demand that Detective Servin face punishment for his actions. It’s time to weed out corruption from the Chicago police force and put an end to these senseless deaths.

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Sean V. via Flickr

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One Comment

  1. Police get away so much and it’s oalways either the blacks or latinos getting kill, not everyone is doing something but already steretyped, this stupid cops should be trained better in situatios or circustances like his before taking more lifes and justice should be serve that is nnot fair. Police can always feel they have all this power, admit their wrong and face the music, so this won’t continue to happen nationwide.

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