The cops who beat and falsely arrested the innocent Dr. Lawrence Crosby after accusing him of stealing his own car were never held accountable—only the taxpayers.
'Evanston, IL – All too often, those who blindly support authority without question will say, ‘If you don’t want to get beat up by police, don’t break the law.’ However, time after time after time, they are proven wrong — often in the worst way. Dr. Lawrence Crosby is proof that not breaking the law is no protection against getting hurt by police as he was beaten and arrested by cops who thought he’d stolen his own car. Now, instead of the officers begin held accountable for this abuse, the taxpayers of Illinois are shelling out $1.25 million.
As the AP reported on Wednesday, 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.
“This isn’t the story that I expected to be telling at this point in my life, having just received my doctorate from one of the top schools in the country. The bigger story of my life is growing up without knowing my father, losing my mother to illness when I was 8 and becoming a ward of the state,” Crosby aptly noted in his piece for WaPo last year.
Crosby is not a criminal. In fact, he’s an upstanding citizen and accomplished engineering student who was on his way to school to complete his doctorate at Northwestern University that night. However, in today’s see something, say something society, not even innocent doctoral candidates are safe from police abuse.
At around 7:00 pm that night, Crosby was working on his car when a woman drove by. Seeing a black man working on his car was enough to trigger this do-gooder into calling the cops and then apparently following him.
“Hi somebody’s trying to break into, somebody’s trying to break into a car,” the woman told the dispatcher. ”I think the person just got into the car.”'
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