Ph.D. student tackled by cops for ‘stealing’ own car settles lawsuit for $1.25 million
An Illinois doctoral student who was violently arrested after cops thought he was stealing a vehicle in 2015 has settled a lawsuit for $1.25 million.
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 had been reached with victim Lawrence Crosby, who was a 25-year-old engineering doctoral student at Northwestern University when the incident occurred.
Bobkiewicz declined to say how much the settlement was for but Crosby’s attorney, Timothy Touhy, claimed the amount was $1.25 million.
The incident was one of just several high-profile cases in the Chicago area involving violent encounters between black men and cops. Last week, a judge sentenced former Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke to nearly seven years in prison for the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald, whose gruesome death was captured on dashcam video.
Touhy said Crosby was trying to fix loose car molding when a woman called the cops to report a black man trying to swipe a vehicle. When he drove off, the woman followed Crosby as she drove from this apartment to Northwestern’s science building, giving police his location, reported The Associated Press.
Crosby exited the car with his hands raised once stopped but was tackled after failing to immediately obey orders to be on the ground. Later, cops determined the car belonged to Crosby but still charged him with resisting arrest and disobeying officers.
Touhy claimed a judge threw out of those charges.
“It’s his hope that as a result of the case, that all of us begin a discussion of implicit bias and begin to recognize it and begin to discuss it between yourselves and your friends,” said Steven Yonover, who represented Crosby in the case.