No depositions were conducted by the city of Chicago in the case involving a wrongful-death lawsuit filed by the family of Rekia Boyd, who was fatally shot by an off-duty Chicago police officer in 2012.
That's according to a Chicago Sun-Times review of emails released by the Cook County State's Attorney's office as part of an open-records request.
Boyd, 22, was killed in 2012 when police officer Dante Servin, who was off duty, shot into a crowd that he was arguing with over the amount of noise they were making. Servin was acquitted last April on involuntary manslaughter charges in Boyd's shooting death and remains on the Chicago police force.
Before the city of Chicago settled with the Boyd family for $4.5 million in March 2013, no depositions were taken from Servin or other witnesses. The city has not explained its unusual decision against conducting depositions in the case. The city, however, says its attorneys assess whether settlements should be reached for all police misconduct cases.
The emails, meanwhile, also raise questions about the length of time it took the Cook County State's Attorney's office to collect important evidence in the case.