Chicago officer could face 8-years for shooting into car full of unarmed teens

CHICAGO — Federal prosecutors are seeking an eight-year prison sentence for a suspended Chicago police officer who shot into a car full of unarmed teenagers in December 2013, wounding two of them.

Officer Marco Proano was convicted in August of two counts of civil rights violations.

Prosecutors said he fired into the car as it backed up after being stopped for speeding.

Dashcam video shows him firing toward a person inside the car.

Proano’s attorney, Daniel Herbert, said an officer is allowed by law to use deadly force if he believes the target poses a threat.

In a court filing Monday, prosecutors said Proano could have killed all six teenagers when he fired indiscriminately into the car.

Proano is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 20. He has been on unpaid suspension