Family and supporters of Rekia Boyd erupted into applause inside a Cook County courtroom Tuesday after a judge denied a request from Dante Servin, the former Chicago police detective who was charged and acquitted in her killing, to expunge any record of his criminal case from the public’s view.
In announcing his decision Tuesday, Judge LeRoy K. Martin Jr. said that just because Servin was found not guilty of involuntary manslaughter, that “does not make one innocent.” He based his ruling on the evidence prosecutors presented in the case in 2015, and the fact that the trial judge felt those facts better aligned with first-degree murder.
The inquest into the death of a teenager who died after being detained by police is set to continue before a jury this morning. Mzee Mohammed Daley , 18, had been detained following an incident at Liverpool ONE shopping centre, on the afternoon of July 13, 2016.
Mzee, originally from Toxteth but who was living in Kensington at the time, “became unwell” after being restrained by security staff and police and was later pronounced dead.
The inquest is set to last four weeks and will take place at Gerard Majella Courthouse in Boundary Street and will be presided over by Chief Coroner for Liverpool and Wirral, Andre Rebello.
It’s been four and a half years since Sheku Bayoh died in Scottish police custody and now, for the first time, his family is allowing itself to hope they will get some answers.
“My brother was a much-loved father and family man and a well-liked member of his community,” said Kadijatu Johnson, Bayoh’s sister. “He didn’t deserve to die like this, and we as a family deserved better than to be treated in the way that we have been.”
Last week, after Scotland’s lord advocate confirmed that no charges would be brought against any of the nine police officers the family believe were involved, the Scottish government announced a rare, judge-led public inquiry into the circumstances surrounding Bayoh’s death.