Dated June 19, 2015 — My first time hearing of this;
A video of a Chicago police officer appearing to open fire into a carload of unarmed teenagers troubled a former judge so greatly that he handed the video over to the media.
“I’ve seen lots of gruesome, grisly crimes,” retired Cook County Judge Andrew Berman told Jonah Newman of the Chicago Reporter. Berman, who was a judge in a criminal case against one of the teens, added, “But this is disturbing on a whole different level.”
The December 2013 video, embedded below, shows Chicago police officer Marco Proano allegedly shooting more than a dozen rounds at the moving vehicle full of six minors, according to civil complaint filed against the city of Chicago and several officers. The Reporter identified them as black.
None of them had a weapon or acted aggressively toward the officers, according to the complaint.
Proano hit one passenger in the shoulder and another in both hips, according to the complaint.
The video is the crux of a federal lawsuit filed against Chicago and the three police officers on the teenagers’ behalf.
Proano has been assigned to desk duty but remains otherwise undisciplined and on the force, the Reporter reported. In the past four years, he has been cleared of six complaints against him, one of which included excessive force, according to the Reporter.
“He [Proano] shouldn’t be allowed to be out there with a gun,” Berman told the Reporter. “He has shown callous disregard for human life … You don’t start firing into a car full of unarmed people. You just don’t do that.”