CHICAGO POLICE OFFICER CHARGED IN CTA SHOOTING

by J. J. Quincannon, The Chicago Times

August 5, 2021

CHICAGO — The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office announced Thursday that felony charges have been filed against a Chicago police officer who shot a man at a CTA Red Line station in 2020.

CPD officer Melvina Bogard was charged with aggravated battery with a firearm and official misconduct.  On February 28, 2020, Bogard was one of two police officers who responded to an incident at the Grand Red Line station.  Bogard and officer Bernard Butler attempted to stop 34-year-old Ariel Roman after he was seen moving between two train cars, according to Chicago police.

According to police, a struggle broke out at the Grand Station, and both officers tasered the man.  Roman struggled with Butler until he was able to stand.  Butler repeatedly yelled for Bogard to fire as Roman ran up the stairs; the video shows Bogard firing once at Roman when he was feet away from her and again as he neared the top of the stairs.  According to his attorneys, Roman was shot in the hip and buttocks and has filed a lawsuit against the city and both officers. captured on video by onlookers.

Bogard surrendered on Thursday morning and scheduled to appear in court for a bail hearing later in the day.

Officer Bernard Butler, who was with Bogard at the time of the shooting and was recorded by a bystander yelling “shoot him” before Bogard opened fire, was not charged.