Jury convicts Chicago cop of excessive force for firing 16 shots at car, wounding 2 teens

Joel Levin, acting U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, speaks to the news media at the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse in Chicago on Aug. 28, 2017, after a federal jury convicted Chicago police Officer Marco Proano of using excessive force in December 2013. (Terrence Antonio James / Chicago Tribune)
Jason Meisner Chicago Tribune

“Chicago police Officer Marco Proano claimed he was just doing his job when he fired 16 shots at a stolen car filled with teenagers on the South Side, wounding two.

But a federal jury decided Monday that the shooting ā€” captured on a police dashboard camera video ā€” wasn’t the action of a cop but a criminal.

In an unprecedented verdict, the jury deliberated about four hours before convicting Proano of two felony counts of using excessive force in violating the victims’ civil rights. He faces a maximum of 10 years in prison on each count but likely will get far less because he has no prior criminal history.”

Jason Meisner, August 29, 2017, Chicago Tribune, “Jury convicts Chicago cop of excessive force for firing 16 shots at car, wounding 2 teens”, http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-chicago-police-shooting-trial-marco-proano-met-0829-20170828-story.html

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