Chicago police officer acquitted in 2020 Red Line shooting


A Chicago police officer was acquitted on Tuesday of felony charges related to the shooting of an unarmed man on a crowded CTA platform in February 2020.

During a bench trial, Cook County Judge Joseph Claps found CPD officer Melvina Bogard not guilty on aggravated battery and official misconduct charges.

“Judge Claps listened carefully to that case and Judge Claps made the right decision, there’s no question about that,” said Tim Grace, Bogard’s attorney.

The shooting of Ariel Roman was captured on cell phone video and police body cameras. Roman’s lawyers say they believe many things were overlooked during the bench trial.

“What happened today was a failure of our criminal justice system and what happened to Ariel is clearly in the video,” said Andrew Stroth, Roman’s attorney.

Inside the Grand Avenue Red Line station in February 2020, two shots were fired by police, both hitting Ariel Roman.

CPD officer Bogard and his partner were arguing with Roman about jumping trains.


He tried to escape and a scuffle ensued.

Roman was subjected to tax and pepper spray, but still managed to free himself.


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Written by Natalia Chi

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