Black Youth Project 100 Bay Area Chapter’s National Day of Action: #JusticeForRekia and all Black women and girls!
Rekia Boyd was just 22 years old when she was shot dead by Chicago police detective Dante Servin, a 24-year police veteran in March 2012.
Servin was then off duty, using his personal vehicle when he approached Boyd and her group of friends as they were heading home from a party. The shots Servin fired into the crowd while in his car came from a 9mm semi-automatic. The gun was unregistered.
For context, Servin had approached the group because he said they “were being too loud”. According to DNAinfo and a Jezebel.com article, Ikea Beamon, a witness who was with Boyd the night of the shooting described how the confrontation between Servin and the group escalated:
The group started to discuss how everyone was getting home. That’s when Servin approached, Beamon said.
He pulled up to the foursome as they passed an alley near Albany Avenue and 15th Street, and said, “You all need to cool it with all that f—-ing noise,” according to Beamon.
She testified that Cross and the other man assumed Servin was looking to buy drugs and dismissed him. An exchange of words followed, and one of the men said “f—- you” to Servin several times.
Almost 2 years after Boyd’s death, Servin was charged with involuntary manslaughter and reckless discharge of a firearm. His trial began on April 9, 2015, and the judge’s ruling came Monday, April 20.
Cook County Judge Dennis Porter concluded with a verdict of not guilty. Ironically, Porter says that Servin is in fact guilty, but not for the crimes he was charged with.
Of course the defendant was reckless. He intentionally shot in the direction of a group of people on the sidewalk. That is really dangerous. People could be hurt or killed and in fact Rekia Boyd was killed. Case closed.’ It is easy to think that way, but it is wrong. It ignores the law on this subject…intentional and the crime, if any there be, is first degree murder.”
“They just found this man not guilty on all counts,” said Angela Helton, Rekia’s mother, “and he blew my daughter’s brains out in the alley,” said devastated mother Angela Helton after Servin was found not guilty.
Servin currently remains on the police force.
Join BYP100 Bay Area Chapter’s national day of action to demand #JusticeForRekia and all Black women and girls.
If ALL Black lives matter, then Rekia Boyd’s life matters. Penny Proud’s life matters. Yuvette Henderson’s life matters. Mya Hall’s life matters. Kayla Moore’s life matters. This Thursday, let’s reaffirm the lives of ALL black women and girls.
Date: Thursday, May 21, 2015
Location: Oscar Grant Plaza ( 14th Street and Broadway | Oakland, CA )
*Black folks meet-up, 6PM @ Alan Blueford Center* (2434 Telegraph Ave)
The Anti Police Terror Project will also be participating in solidarity with The Black Youth Project Thursday to uplift the Black women who are murdered by law enforcement agencies across the country.
APTP is launching its campaign Invisible Victims of State Terror: Women of Color on 5/21.
The Invisible Victims campaign was born in February in response to the murder of #yuvettehenderson by the Emeryville Police Department on February 3, 2015.
On 5/21, we will gather in the Home Depot parking lot (where the events leading to Yuvette’s murder began) for a brief rally and program from 4:30-6:30pm
Immediately following, we will distribute thousands of flyers detailing the stories of Black women who have been stolen by state violence.
#JusticeForRekia #SayHerName #BlackSpring #SayTheirNames #BlackLivesMatter #BlackWomensLivesMatter