Chicago officer pleads not guilty to civil rights charges
Posted September 22
CHICAGO — A Chicago police officer recorded firing shots that injured two black teenagers has pleaded not guilty to two civil rights charges.
A federal judge released 41-year-old Marco Proano on an individual recognizance bond during his initial hearing Thursday.
Federal prosecutors accuse Proano of using unreasonable force while on duty in 2013. Each count carries a maximum 10-year prison term.
The shooting was captured on dashboard camera. It shows Proano firing his handgun multiple times into a car occupied by the two teenagers, who posed no apparent threat. The car was pulled over for speeding.
The indictment and release of the video follows scrutiny of Chicago police since last November's video release showing a white officer fatally shooting a black teenager 16 times.