Chicago police officer found guilty of civil rights violations in shooting (VIDEO)
By Andrew Shepperson
A federal jury found a Chicago police officer guilty Monday of civil rights violations for shooting into a car full of teenagers in the south side Roseland neighborhood in 2013.
According to a Justice Department news release, 42-year-old Marco Proana was found guilty on both counts of deprivation of rights under color of law for firing 16 shots into a vehicle that held six teenagers, wounding two of them during the shooting. He could get up to 20 years in prison at his sentencing hearing set for Nov. 20.
Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson issued a statement after the verdict, condemning Proano’s actions, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
“Mr. Proano’s actions are intolerable and stand in stark contrast to the hard work Chicago Police Officers do each day to build trust and serve our communities,” Johnson said. “As police officers, integrity and trust are paramount to everything we do, and we will always hold ourselves to the highest professional standards.”
While the CPD is in the process of trying to fire Proano, Chicago’s Fraternal Order of Police president Kevin Graham had a different take on the situation, saying, “the pressure of the police is making the job extremely difficult.”
“It seems that the criminal elements in our society are not accountable