Federal authorities announced Friday, that a Chicago police officer will be brought up on federal civil rights charges due to a 2013 shooting he was involved in. The shooting, which was captured on video, shows Officer Marco Proano firing his gun at a carload of six black teens. The car had been stolen and was being stopped by police.
The officer has been charged with two counts of deprivation of rights under the color of law, for the December 2013 incident. The officer allegedly used unreasonable force during the traffic stop, in which the he fired more than a dozen shots at the car of teenagers.
The shooting left three of the teens injured. One of the teens suffered injuries to the shoulder, and graze wounds to his face and cheek. Another teen, was struck on his left hip and right heel, and a third teen alleged, that his right eye was injured by a police officer at the scene, when he “was forcibly taken to the ground.” Two of the teens also alleged in the lawsuit that they were taken out of the hospital for questioning without authorization, even though they were still in severe pain from their injuries. The city of Chicago paid out a settlement of $360,000 to the three teens who filed a civil lawsuit over the incident.
“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 Fardon, the U.S. attorney for Northern Illinois. “Our office will continue to independently and vigorously pursue civil rights prosecutions to hold officers accountable and strengthen trust in the police.”
Proano was stripped of his police powers in December 2015 and could face up to 10 years in prison on each count if convicted. No arraignment date has been set.