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Student tackled by police for 'stealing' own car settles suit for $1.25M

TU Curmudgeon

B.A. (Sarc), LLb. (Lex Sarcasus), PhD (Sarc.)
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Mar 7, 2018
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From NBC News

Student tackled by police for 'stealing' own car settles suit for $1.25M

EVANSTON, Ill.— A Chicago suburb has tentatively agreed to pay a former doctoral student $1.25 million to settle a lawsuit alleging police officers tackled him to the ground and arrested him for stealing a car that turned out to be his own, his attorney said.

Evanston City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz confirmed a settlement was reached with Lawrence Crosby, who was 25 and an engineering doctoral student at Northwestern University in 2015 when the incident occurred.

Bobkiewicz declined to provide the amount of the settlement pending final approval by the City Council next week. Crosby's attorney, Timothy Touhy, told the Chicago Tribune that the amount was $1.25 million.

The incident was one of several high-profile cases in the Chicago area in recent years involving violent, sometimes deadly encounters between police officers and black men. Last week, a judge sentenced a former Chicago police officer to nearly seven years in prison for the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald, whose death was seen on a graphic dashcam video.


One wonders at the level of training (to say nothing of the mind-set) of people who do not realize that it IS LEGAL to refuse to obey an UNLAWFUL order of a police officer and that the "penalty" for exercising that legal right is NOT "shall be beaten severely if not killed".

Do the police have a statistical justification for believing that they are more likely to be killed by "a Black" than by "a White"? Yes they do.

Do "Blacks" have a statistical justification for believing that a police officer is more likely to kill "a Black" than "a White"? Yes they do.

Do either of those facts "justify" the use of force that is actually excessive - and doing so "proactively"? No they do not.
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