Officer acquitted in shooting of unarmed Chicago man
Added 11-23-22 07:17:01pm EST - “A Chicago police officer has been acquitted of two felony charges leveled against her after she shot an unarmed man in a downtown commuter train station nearly three years ago.On February 28, 2020, Melvina Bogard, 33, and her partner,…” - Theblaze.com
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A Chicago police officer has been acquitted of two felony charges leveled against her after she shot an unarmed man in a downtown commuter train station nearly three years ago.
On February 28, 2020, Melvina Bogard, 33, and her partner, Bernard Butler, allegedly spotted commuter Ariel Roman moving from car to car while the train they were riding was in motion, a violation of a city ordinance. When the two officers asked Roman to alight from the train at the next stop, he cooperated. He admitted to moving between cars, but explained to the officers that he did so because he suffered from anxiety and another passenger in one of the cars had been bothering him.
At some point during his encounter with the officers, Roman allegedly turned his back and made a movement toward his bag, prompting Bogard to grab him. Bogard and Butler then struggled to restrain Roman for nearly five minutes, as a cell phone video filmed by a witness demonstrated:
During their encounter with Roman, Bogard and Butler reportedly instructed Roman to stop resisting at least 30 times. They also reportedly attempted to restrain Roman using mechanical holds, pepper spray, and their Tasers, all to no avail.
Roman eventually escaped their clutches and began running up the escalator, at which point, Bogard fired her service weapon and struck Roman in the abdomen. When he continued to flee, she fired once again, striking him in the back.
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