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Wed Jan 23, 2019, 11:04 AM

Former Northwestern PhD student accused of stealing his own car settles with Evanston

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Source: Chicago Tribune

The City of Evanston has reached a tentative settlement in a lawsuit filed by a Northwestern University doctoral candidate against the city and four police officers after the then-PhD student was arrested and accused of stealing his own car, attorneys and the city manager have confirmed.

Attorneys for former Northwestern student Lawrence Crosby said the settlement amount was $1.25 million, and though Evanston City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz confirmed a settlement had been reached, he declined to provide the amount pending final City Council approval at its Jan. 28 meeting.

Attorney Steven Yonover, who represented Crosby, said his client hopes the case results in education efforts surrounding bias.

Its his hope that as a result of this case, that all of us begin a discussion on implicit bias and begin to recognize it and begin to discuss it between yourselves and your friends, Yonover said.

Crosby's civil lawsuit, filed Oct. 11, 2016, in Cook County Circuit Court, cited false arrest and excessive force, and asked the city of Evanston and the arresting police officers to pay at least $50,000 for "compensatory and punitive damages, fees, costs and such other relief."

Read more: https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/evanston/news/ct-evr-crosby-settlement-tl-0124-story.html



Extra credit to the cops arresting him anyway even after he showed proof that he owned the car...

You'd think police departments and white folks constantly looking out their windows with 9-1-1 on speed dial would learn a lesson at SOME point

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Response to Blue_Tires (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2019, 11:37 AM

1. Ooooh Ooooh! Lemme guess!

Northwestern University doctoral candidate, Lawrence Crosby, is a black male...?

(Opens the link; reads...) Well, whaddya know....

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Response to Blue_Tires (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2019, 12:01 PM

2. I got stopped last week

I got stopped heading home at about 9:30 pm.

Going speed limit - the car in front of me helped me there.

I see blue lights. Hmmm. . . he must be going after the other guy for some reason. But, no, it was me.

I'm a middle aged white guy. I knew I wasn't speeding. Everything was fine. I had nothing to fear. I don't think my heart raced even a bit.

So, the state trooper comes over, with a smile, mind you, and asked if I knew why I was stopped. I told him I didn't. Turn out a headlight was out. I wasn't expecting that since I had just had the car inspected. (BTW, has anyone else noticed that headlights just don't last very long.) He took my license and registration for whatever cops do with licenses and registrations. Came back, said he saw that I had just been inspected, and told me to replace the headlight.

Crisis over. He didn't ask to search my vehicle. He didn't scowl. He didn't shoot me.

White privilege?

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Wed Jan 23, 2019, 12:11 PM

3. Locking...

The consensus of Forum Hosts feel this is not important news of national interest, but rather, news appropriate for the General Discussions Forum and/or the Illinois Group

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