|I own the vehicle, why are you arresting me?|
It's unfortunate that for every bad cop, there will likely be a dead cop. The bad cops make it more dangerous for the good cops. When they are exonerated from criminal acts, that makes it harder for the law enforcement to get assistance from the public.
Lawrence Crosby is suing the city of Evanston, Illinois after he had a brutal encounter with the police. And it was started by a call by a concerned citizen who believed he was "up to no good."
He was doctoral student at Northwestern University. He was pulled over in 2015 after a woman called 911 saying he looked like he was stealing a car.
He is a law abiding PhD student. But to the caller and the five officers who roughed him up, he was a no good car thief.
"This is my vehicle, sir. I have evidence..... I purchased this vehicle on January 23, 2015, from Libertyville Chevrolet," said Crosby.
It wasn't enough for the officers. When he got out of his vehicle with his hands up, they flung him to ground, kicked him and ordered him not to move. They placed him in handcuffs and detained him.
The Evanston Police released the dash camera footage and it detailed the half-hour encounter.
|Lawrence Crosby from his Linkedin profile.|
A white woman saw him pass by. He was wearing a hoodie and he had a bar in hand. She called the law.
"He had a bar in his hand, and it looked like he was jimmying the door open," said the caller.
When Crosby drove off, the woman followed his vehicle and relayed the directions to the police.
Crosby was on the phone was on the phone and talking to someone about him being followed.
"It was a little bid dark. You know how it is with Black people ---- they think we're always trying to do something wrong," Crosby said.
He was heading to the police station. He felt that the was the only place available for his safety.
He thought wrong.
He was arrested and charged for disorderly conduct and failure to obey a police order. The case was thrown out. The officers who roughed up Crosby weren't placed in the freezer and they're back on the beat ready to buck an unarmed Black person.
The woman said, "I didn't mean to racial profile the guy."
Her name is Blake Murphy.
Blake Murphy, expect death threats. You're going to get them for trying to be a "hero". Your reactionary decision to follow a motorist because you suspect criminal activity was not only dangerous, but extremely stupid. You give the information to the law and let them handle it.
Don't try to follow a person who may be armed.