Chicago Cop Turns Herself In After Shooting Subway Passenger In The Back

A Black Chicago police officer faces charges after a video captured her opening fire and striking an unarmed man in the back while in a subway station.

Melvina Bogard, 32, faces charges of felony aggravated battery with a firearm and official misconduct for shooting Ariel Roman in the back in Feb. 2020, the Associated Press reported.

The police officer turned herself in last week and was released on a $10,000 bond after agreeing not to contact Roman or any other witnesses involved in the matter, ABC 7 reported.

Cellphone video recorded by an individual in the Chicago subway station shows officers Bogard and Bernard Butler chasing Roman who they suspected of breaking a law and walking through train cars while the subway was moving.  

The officers asked Roman to exit the train car and step on the platform. While the three were standing outside of the train car, Roman informed them that he was trying to escape an uncomfortable situation where someone was bothering him. 

At some point, Roman turned his back toward the officers and proceeded to look in his bookbag when Butler grabbed him from behind and a physical altercation ensued. 

Bogard then opened fire, however, it’s unclear whether she struck Roman in the abdomen or chest, the Associated Press reported. While Roman tried to escape by running up an escalator, Bogard shot him for a second time either in the butt or in one of his hips. 

After video of the incident surfaced, Interim Superintendent Charlie Beck removed both Bogard and Butler from their posts and revoked any rights they had as police officers until the results of an investigation were known.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot called the incident “extremely disturbing” and Police Superintendent David Brown suggested that Bogard be fired for her actions after they watched the cellphone footage of the ordeal in its entirety, WGN 9 reported.

Roman filed a federal lawsuit against both officers shortly after the incident and stated they used excessive force against him.

Roman’s attorney, Andrew Stroth, said that he hopes these charges will force the city to take action and “resolve” the lawsuit with his client. 

Bogard is scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 18. 

If she is found guilty, Bogard could face up to 30 years in prison for the aggravated battery charge, and for the official misconduct charge, she could face up to five years behind bars. 

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