CHICAGO (AP) — Jury selection is underway for the federal trial of a Chicago police officer accused of firing into a car full of teenagers, wounding two of them, in 2013.
Marco Proano is charged with civil rights violations for using unreasonable force and causing bodily injury. The 42-year-old allegedly fired multiple times into a vehicle occupied by the teens as it backed up after being stopped for speeding.
In recommending his firing, the Chicago Police Department's Independent Police Review Authority noted that dashcam video shows Proano firing in the direction of a person in the car he claimed to be protecting.
His defense attorney says the shooting was justified because the car was stolen and another officer saw a gun inside.
Chicago settled a civil lawsuit with the injured teenagers for $360,000.