Rekia Boyd never imagined that being in a neighborhood park would end her life. Being in the wrong place at the wrong time is how some will rationalize this tragedy but it underscores the fact that she was shot by someone who is supposed to be a trained "to serve and protect".
There is still more to be discovered in this case and yet I fear that because this has been deemed a police justified shooting little will be revealed or done to discover why this young woman lost her life at the hands of a trained police officer. The Chicago police department is saying that the off-duty officer ( I can't find his name anywhere) shot Rekia Boyd in the head when he fired (from inside his vehicle) on a male that he believed was holding a weapon. What?
Police officers are treated as above reproach because they are considered trustworthy and honorable because there is supposed to be a moral code that they abide by. This is America and Black people unfortunately know better than most that there are police officers that have no morals and who definitely don't think that that code should include us. Police department cover-ups are an unfortunate norm in America's history especially when race is a factor.
My condolences go out to Rekia Boyd's family. I do hope that there is an in-depth investigation to discover why this young woman lost her life.
We have to continue speaking out against these travesties of injustice because the truth needs to prevail.