Chicago police officer indicted for shooting teens in 2013

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A Chicago police officer shown in a 2013 dashcam video shooting at a car full of teenagers is facing charges of federal civil rights violations, handed down by a grand jury Thursday.

Marco Proano, 41, is accused of using unreasonable force against two teenagers who were injured.

The video shows Proano shooting multiple times at the vehicle as the driver tries to back away. The car then hits a streetlight before one injured teen stumbles out.

Police had pulled over the car with six teens for speeding, according to CNN affiliate WLS. One teen was wounded in the shoulder, the other in his hip and heel.

The victims suffered bodily injuries because of “unreasonable force by a police officer,” according to the indictment.

“When a police officer uses unreasonable force, it has a harmful effect on not only the victims, but also the public, who lose faith and confidence in law enforcement,” said Zachary T. Fardon, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois.

He said his office will continue to “vigorously” pursue civil right prosecutions of police officers to “strengthen trust in the police.”

The Chicago police department said it is fully cooperating with the US attorney’s office and has “zero tolerance for proven misconduct.”

Proano was discharged from the police force last year during the course the investigation, officials said.

The injured teenagers settled a lawsuit against the city of Chicago for $360,000, according to CNN Affiliate WBBM.

One of the teens was charged with possession of a stolen vehicle but the judge in the case found prosecutors couldn’t prove he knew the car was stolen, WBBM reported.

2 comments

  • Michael Cannon

    The Chicago police department said it is fully cooperating with the US attorney’s office and has “zero tolerance for proven misconduct.”

    Really? How long did it take for this video to see the light of day? I understand from another site the video had to be leaked so the public could see what their “public servants” were up to. And, the cop wasn’t even fired until the video was made public. Hard to prosecute proven misconduct when the misconduct is kept from the public.

  • confused

    So speeding in a stolen car, and fleeing. But the law breakers get $. Don’t steal, don’t speed, don’t flee, –keeps you from getting shot.

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