Man Arrested for 'Stealing' Own Car

Ray Hunter
January 14, 2017

Evanston, Illinois, police released dashcam video from a 2015 arrest involving an African-American man who was suspected of stealing a auto that turned out to be his own, WFLD reports. In 2015, a woman called Evanston police saying a man was breaking into a auto.

"Hi, somebody's trying to break into, somebody's trying to break into a auto", the woman told the dispatcher, according to Fox 32. He said Crosby later told officers the reason he hadn't immediately complied with their instructions was that he had been trying to get in front of his vehicle to capture the episode on his dashboard camera.

The Chicago Tribune reports that Lawrence Crosby, then 25, was driving from his apartment to a building on Northwestern University's campus when police pulled him over, tackled him to the ground and arrested him. He recorded the incident via his own dashcam video, and before the stop, he can be heard talking to someone and telling them he thought he was being followed.

The police video shows Crosby exiting his auto with both hands up, holding a cell phone in one hand. "He wouldn't comply. You know, he's got a ton of police cars around and he thinks he's going to do whatever the [expletive] he wants", said one officer, according to the transcript.

"You see him (Crosby) actively resisting arrest as officers take him to the ground", Leaks said.

A number of officers shouted at Crosby as they approached him with their guns drawn before wrestling him to the ground after pulling him over in Evanston
Man Arrested for 'Stealing' Own Car

The video shows an Evanston squad auto pull Crosby over after a 911 caller stated that "somebody is trying to break into a vehicle". Brian Miller, 9th, who is running for mayor. There have been five police-involved instances where officers did not de-escalate minor incidents in the past two years.

"The main thing that Lawrence (Crosby) wants is ... some accountability, he wants some changes in police procedures for the protection of Northwestern students ... people of color, students of color and citizens of Evanston", he said. "Cities do not change things quickly, but we've done research into best practices and policing".

"I understand being a police officer is a tough job, but we need them to exercise judgment in their day to day operations", Miller said "And in this situation, within ten seconds of Mr. Crosby getting out of his auto with his hands in the air, he was tackled, he was kneed while he was standing up, then he was punched repeatedly by multiple officers, for allegedly stealing his own vehicle".

After learning that Crosby owns the vehicle and it is in good standing, the officers talk about their next steps.

The disturbing video can be viewed below.

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