By: Wayne D. Ayers II
Photo Credit: Chicago Tribune
The first time Chicago police Officer Marco Proano shot someone, he was given a department commendation.
Less than a year later, when Proano fatally shot a teen outside an overcrowded dance party, he was rewarded with the superintendent’s award for valor.
But you what they say “Third time is a charm”, Proano’s third on-duty shooting in a three-year span on Monday earned him a five years in prison.
Proano, 42, who was convicted of excessive force for firing 16 times into a moving vehicle filled with teens in December 2013, became the first Chicago police officer in decades, if not ever, to be sentenced to federal prison for an on-duty shooting.
U.S. District Judge Gary Feinerman said that Proano’s actions that night — caught on police dashboard camera video — were “exceptionally unjustified” and an insult to hardworking officers who serve and protect. Two of the teens were wounded, but all five in the vehicle were lucky they weren’t killed, the judge said.