Chicago's Independent Police Review Authority has deemed a fatal June 2011 police shooting to be unjustified.
Officer Gildardo Sierra, who resigned from the force last August, was captured on video shooting Flint Farmer multiple times, including three times in the back. The officer, who was responding to a domestic disturbance call allegedly involving Farmer, said he mistook a cellphone the 29-year-old had for a gun. The unarmed, African-American man died from his injuries.
In 2013, the city reached a $4.1 million settlement with Farmer's father.
Sierra was involved in two other shootings in the six months leading up to Farmer's shooting, including a fatal one. The city recently settled with the family of Darius Pinex, who was killed during a traffic stop by Sierra and another officer in January 2011.
Sierra would have faced charges for providing a false statement in the Farmer case had he not resigned last August, according to IPRA. Of the more than 400 investigated incidents, IPRA has found just three Chicago police use of force cases to be unjustified since the agency's creation in 2007.
Following pressure from city residents, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel plans to soon abolish and replace IPRA with some type of civilian agency.