Chicago cop charged with felony battery for shooting unarmed man in back

Chicago cop charged with felony battery for shooting unarmed man in back
Chicago cop charged with felony battery for shooting unarmed man in back

A Chicago cop has been charged with felony battery with a firearm and official misconduct more than a year after she shot an unarmed man in the back. 

Melvina Bogard, 32, turned herself in to investigators on Thursday morning to face charges over the shooting of 33-year-old Ariel Roman, whom she injured in February 2020 as he fled from arrest for walking between train cars on the CTA red line. 

She was released upon an order from Cook County Judge Susana Ortiz after she made a written promise to appear in court, according to a news release from The Cook County State's Attorney Office.

The state's attorney's office also states the aggravated battery charge carries a sentence of six to 30 years in prison and the official misconduct charge carries a sentence ranging from probation to five years in prison.

Chicago cop Melvina Bogard, 32, (pictured) was charged with felony battery on Thursday for the February 2020 shooting of 33-year-old Ariel Roman

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Bogard shot Roman (pictured) in the back after he fled from arrest for allegedly walking between train cars

Chicago cop Melvina Bogard, 32, (left)  was charged with felony battery on Thursday for the February 2020 shooting of 33-year-old Ariel Roman (right). Bogard shot Roman in the back after he fled from arrest for allegedly walking between train cars

A bystander recorded video (pictured) of the moment Bogard shot Roman in the back

A bystander recorded video (pictured) of the moment Bogard shot Roman in the back 

 Her next hearing is scheduled for August 18.  

A video was recorded by Michael McDunnah on February 28, 2020, and showed Bogard and another officer, Bernard Butler, pursuing Roman, a short-order cook who was suspected of violating a city ordinance by walking from one train car to another.    

 The footage shows officers chasing Roman and Bogard shooting him at the foot of the escalator and then shooting him the back from about 10 feet away.

Bogard and Butler stopped to talk to Roman after they noticed he was walking between train cars at a CTA red line station

Bogard and Butler stopped to talk to Roman after they noticed he was walking between train cars at a CTA red line station 

A cellphone video was shot by Michael McDunnah on February 28 of last year as it showed Roman being held down by Bogard and other officer Bernard Butler

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A cellphone video was shot by Michael McDunnah on February 28 of last year as it showed Roman being held down by Bogard and other officer Bernard Butler

The cellphone video shot by McDunnah was made public almost immediately and  received national attention, as did footage from police body cameras and Chicago Transit Authority surveillance cameras released two months later.

McDunnah told ABC 7 Chicago: 'He was resisting but he was not violent, as far as I could see, and he was unarmed'

 'At some point the male officer said "shoot him". 

'The female officer at that point, I think, pulled out her mace and maced him in the face.'

'That was the point at which the female officer fired her weapon.' 

Roman survived the shooting and was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital after mass transit officers intervened. 

He filed a federal lawsuit after he allegedly claimed that Bogard and the other officer,

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