Tribune’s Servin Editorial

It is not often that I agree with the Chicago Tribune Editorial Board but clearly they are correct in this case – Dante Servin  does not deserve for his application for disability to be approved. The reality is as is stated in the editorial that Servin didn’t need to engage that situation and did not do so for public safety but instead for his person comfort. If they people gathered were too loud he should have simply called 911 and had some beat cops break up the gathering. Instead he interjected himself in to a situation for no good reason and in the end a women lost her life. It is simple as that.

I am not saying that there are not a whole host of situation that we can all agree on where an officer is off duty and because they have the commitment to public safety they put their life on the line to serve the public. In fact I am sure this happens plenty in this city and we never hear about it. If these officers get hurt and they are truly disabled, they should absolutely have their application for benefits approved. I agree with the tribune that this is simply not one of those situations.

Servin acted at the very least out of his personal self-interest is not outright racism. His actions are completely unjustified and in our opinion the Judge Dennis Porter’s ruling in his criminal case was without a basis in fact. We also doubt very seriously if the officer in this case had been black and the women killed white there would be any way the Judge would have found as he did in this case. It is pretty obvious that the officer being white and the victim being both black and female had a lot to do with the administration of justice in this case.

Author: Tracy SiskaTracy Siska is the Founder and Executive Director of the Chicago Justice Project.
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