6-Mar-20 – The Chicago police officer who shot an unarmed man at the Grand Red Line station on February 28 was charged with assaulting a McDonald’s restaurant worker in 2015, less than two years before the city hired her.
Prosecutors charged Bogard with misdemeanor assault, but the charge was dropped on January 15, 2016, when the victim failed to appear at the initial court date, according to court records.
Bogard, who was 27 years old at the time, is listed as a “student” on the arrest report.
Both her and her partner at the time of the February 28 shooting, Bernard Butler, have been stripped of their police powers while the incident is investigated by Chicago Police Department, Civilian Office of Police Accountability, and FBI.
Shortly after 4:00 p.m. on February 28, the two transit officers, who have been on the force since 2017, tried to stop 33-year-old Ariel Roman at the Grand station after they allegedly saw him pass between two train cars in violation of city ordinance.
The officers were treated at Rush University Medical Center for injuries they received during the incident. Bogard suffered “lacerations to both hands and a swollen bloody lip,” according to the police report, while Butler’s injuries are listed as “blunt trauma” and “lacerations to his left and right hands, a bruise to his nose, and swelling to the right knee.”
A search of the victim’s backpack revealed various containers of what police suspect was cannabis and cocaine, along with a digital scale. They prepared paperwork to charge Roman with felony manufacture-delivery of cannabis, felony possession of a controlled substance, misdemeanor possession of cannabis, and two misdemeanor counts of resisting police. But on March 1, minutes before prosecutors were to bring the charges against Roman before a judge, CPD announced it had decided against pursuing the case “given the totality of circumstances and the department’s significant level of concern around this incident.”