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Officer acquitted in shooting at Chicago train station

A Cook County Judge acquitted CPD Officer Melvina Bogard, 33, of aggravated battery and misconduct charges on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022, in relation to the February 2020 shooting and wounding of a man during a struggle at a downtown CTA train station.

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Officer acquitted in shooting at Chicago train station
A Cook County Judge acquitted CPD Officer Melvina Bogard, 33, of aggravated battery and misconduct charges on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022, in relation to the February 2020 shooting and wounding of a man during a struggle at a downtown CTA train station. | Photo: Cook County Sheriff's Office

CHICAGO — A Chicago police officer was found not guilty Tuesday in the February 2020 shooting and wounding of a man during a struggle at a downtown commuter train station.

Cook County Judge Joseph Claps acquitted Melvina Bogard, 33, of aggravated battery and misconduct charges.

Prosecutors have said Bogard and another officer, Bernard Butler, were riding a train when they saw Ariel Roman move between cars while the train was in motion, in violation of a city ordinance.[1] The officers asked Roman to get off the train, and on the platform he told them he had anxiety issues and moved from car to car because someone was bothering him.

Roman then turned his back on the officers and opened his backpack, prompting Butler to grab him. A struggle ensued between the officers and Roman.

Bogard shot Roman once in the chest or abdomen during that struggle, then shot him from behind in the buttocks or hip when Roman ran up the escalator, according to prosecutors.

Cellphone video shot by a bystander that was made public almost immediately received national attention, as did footage from police body cameras and Chicago Transit Authority surveillance cameras released two months later.[2]

Roman survived the shooting and has filed a federal lawsuit that alleged Bogard and Butler “chased, tackled, pepper-sprayed, tasered, and shot twice.”[3]

Police Superintendent David Brown later recommended to the city's police board that Bogard, who joined the police department in 2017, be fired.

In his ruling, Claps said Roman posed a danger to the officers at the scene when he grabbed at a Taser.

Bogard's defense attorney Tim Grace told reporters after Tuesday's acquittal that it was “not a day to celebrate.”

“Officer Bogard was left in a position where she had to make a decision,” Grace said. “She could have ran away ... but that’s not her job. That’s not what we pay her to do. We pay her to keep the trains safe.”


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Notes & References


  1. Babwin, Don. “Chicago Police Officer Charged in Downtown Subway Shooting.” AP NEWS. Associated Press, August 5, 2021. https://apnews.com/article/police-shootings-chicago-4f5fe95fc492373656cac4ece7faf825. ↩︎

  2. Babwin, Don. “Chicago Mayor: Police Shooting Video 'Extremely Disturbing'.” AP NEWS. Associated Press, February 29, 2020. https://apnews.com/article/il-state-wire-shootings-us-news-ap-top-news-police-34df3edfb824c57367e5f3c8529eba1a. ↩︎

  3. Tarm, Michael. “Man Shot by Police in Chicago Subway Sues City, Officers.” AP NEWS. Associated Press, March 11, 2020. https://apnews.com/article/shootings-chicago-e4ac3d1d71e33307045b0f1098f7632a. ↩︎

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