It's the first in decades federal indictment for an officer shooting a civilian.
A Chicago cop finds himself in the grips of the law after he viciously opened fire on a group of Black teens in a vehicle. 41-year-old Marco Proano was slapped with two counts of violating the federal civil rights of six Black teens following his use of unwarranted lethal force during a traffic stop in 2013, The Huffington Post reports.
According to The Chicago Reporter, the Thursday ruling happens to be the first of its kind in over 10 years. We witness the moment when a Chicago police officer has been charged with a violation of federal civil rights after the shooting of a civilian.
On 22nd December, 2013, a dashcam recording showed Proano firing at a group of Black teens in a car during a traffic stop. A police patrol car had pulled over the Black teens for speeding when Proana arrived at the scene.
The video captured the white Chicago officer instantly pulling out his gun and pointing it at the Black teens. Proana began to shoot at the Black boys as they drove away from the scene. He kept firing when the vehicle skidded off the road and crashed into a street light positioned a few meters away from where the police had stopped it. According to reports, the car was allegedly stolen.
The Associated Press claims, the police initially came out with a statement to defend Proano as they usually do. They gave the excuse that Proano acted out of fear.
The lawsuit by the moms of three of the boys who got seriously injured resulted in the city paying an amount of $360,000 as settlement fees, The AP reports.
The parents of the wounded children found out that Proano was also responsible for the shooting of a Black guy in 2011 without any provocation. After federal indictment, the officer has all chances of being imprisoned for up to 10 years. Nonetheless, he has been given a different responsibility in the police service while the investigation continues.
The court ruling is a victory for the community because the practice of harassing Black people can be fought against only with the help of another practice – the practice of severely punishing the harassers. We hope Proano gets the longest term possible because this sadist didn’t stop even after he shot several kids. The only Black teen who didn’t get the bullet got a trauma to his right eye.