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Lawrence Crosby arrest (City of Evanston)
Lawrence Crosby arrest (City of Evanston)

Police released video of officers tackling a man suspected of stealing a car. It was his.


In October 2015, Lawrence Crosby was pulled over by police. He held his hands up, as he was told. Then he was tackled and punched by several officers who suspected him of stealing his car.

"This is my vehicle, sir," he said. "I have evidence...I purchased this vehicle."

He was handcuffed, as seen in the dash cam video released by Evanston, Ill. police last weekend. Crosby has since sued the city police for excessive force, The Washington Post reports.

WATCH | Here's the dash cam video. The arrest itself starts around 8:48. 

You know how it is with black people. They think we're always trying to do something wrong.
Lawrence Crosby

Crosby was pursuing a doctoral degree in civil engineering at the time of the arrest. He had purchased the car in January 2015.

But a 911 caller said she saw a man "jimmying the door open." When Crosby drove off, she followed. Crosby was on the phone while driving. He said he know it looked suspicious.

I'm cooperating. I'm cooperating.
Lawrence Crosby

Crosby said on the phone that he was headed to the police station on his own, suspecting someone of following him.   Before he could make it, an officer flashed his lights and Crosby pulled over into a church. 

He got out of his car and held his hands up, but before he could explain the situation, he was tackled and hit by officers who told him to "stop resisting."

Officers determined the car was not stolen, but Crosby was charged with resisting arrest. The charges were later thrown out, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Crosby sued in 2016. 

City alderman Brian Miller told CNN Monday morning, "There was a breakdown in communication between dispatch and our officers." 

City police Sgt. Dennis Leaks said the department's policy with traffic stops changed after the release of the video, saying officers were no longer required to make subjects go prone during arrest, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Was the use of force justified in the Lawrence Crosby case?

#LawrenceCrosby began trending on Twitter after the video's release.

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