Last week, 22-year-old Rekia Boyd was shot and killed by an off-duty police officer in Chicago. Just after 1 a.m. Wednesday morning, the police union says, an off-duty detective rolled down his car window and asked a group of people gathered near Douglas Park to quiet down. In response, police say, a 39-year-old man pointed a gun at the officer, who drew his own weapon and fired.
The bullets hit the alleged gunman in the hand and Rekia Boyd in the head as she stood nearby. “They said the shooting is justified, but how is it justified when you got a young girl up there with a bullet hole in her head? What kind of justice is that?” said Sutton.
Witnesses told ABC 7 Wednesday that no one pulled a gun on the off-duty officer. And prosecutors only charged the man who police say had a gun with aggravated assault, a misdemeanor.Although no weapon was recovered from the scene and Cross, the man who police allege approached the off-duty officer with a gun, claims he approached the officer while on a cell phone, police have tentatively ruled the shooting justifiable.