Chicago police leader: Fire officer who killed unarmed woman

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Posted: Nov 23, 2015 11:42 PM

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago police superintendent is recommending that an officer who shot and killed an unarmed black woman in 2012 be fired.

A board that reviews allegations of misconduct by Chicago police officers recommended in September that Officer Dante Servin be fired for the shooting of 22-year-old Rekia Boyd. Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said in a statement Monday night that he agreed with that assessment.

McCarthy said Servin showed "incredibly poor judgment."

Boyd died after one of the five bullets from Servin's handgun pierced her head. Servin said he fired because he felt threatened when he confronted a group at a park. A judge found Servin not guilty of involuntary manslaughter and other charges during a trial that ended in April.

McCarthy says the charges justifying Servin's firing will be sent to the Chicago Police Board, which makes disciplinary decisions, for further action.