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A Chicago police officer who shot an unarmed man in the back as he ran up a downtown subway escalator has been charged with felony counts in connection to the February 2020 shooting.
Melvina Bogard, 32, turned herself into authorities on Thursday and is slated to appear at a bond hearing later in the day. She faces felony counts of aggravated battery with a firearm and official misconduct, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office said.
Video captured on cellphones and later displayed in body camera footage shows the shooting of Ariel Roman after he allegedly violated a city ordinance by walking from one train car to another.
In April this year, Chicago Police Department Superintendent David Brown recommended Bogard be fired. The department said the police board has not made a decision and declined to comment on Bogard's arrest Thursday, according to the Associated Press.
Roman survived the shooting and has filed a federal lawsuit alleging Bogard and another officer, Bernard Butler, had "chased, tackled, pepper-sprayed, Tasered and shot twice."
Former interim Superintendent Charlie Beck, who was replaced by Brown in April of last year, expressed concern at the time the shooting was reported and ordered prosecutors to be sent to the Red Line L station where the incident occurred. Beck immediately stripped the officers involved of their police powers pending the outcome of an investigation.
Officials' concern over the incident only deepened when police body camera footage was released in late April 2020 showing Bogard shooting Roman in the back from roughly 10 feet away as he fled up the escalator.
Bogard's next court date is scheduled for Aug. 18.
The Washington Examiner contacted CPD but did not immediately receive a response.
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Original Author: Kaelan Deese
Original Location: Chicago police officer charged in 2020 subway shooting