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. Lawrence Crosby is the latest 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.
Although this scenario unfolded on October 10, 2015, the infuriating and brutal dashcam video wasn’t released until this week. What it shows is nothing short of incompetence, brutality, and the viciousness of more than a half-dozen of Evanston’s finest.
Crosby is not a criminal. In fact, he’s an upstanding citizen and accomplished engineering student who was on his way to night 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.”
Not knowing that he’d just been reported for stealing his own car, Crosby began his drive to campus from his apartment. However, as his own private dashcam shows, Crosby quickly noticed something fishy and he began heading to the police station to report the fact that someone, most likely the woman who reported him, was following him.
However, he did not make it to the station. Cops pulled Crosby over in a church parking lot and all hell broke loose.
“On the ground… on the ground… down on the ground… down on the ground…turn around,” the cops yelled.
Confused and afraid, Crosby did not immediately fall to the ground, so almost as soon as cops gave the command, they pounced on him.
“I’m cooperating…sir, you’re on video… that’s an FYI,” Crosby said to the abusive cops.
Believing they had a car thief, cops held no punches as the blue gang swarmed the innocent man doling out blow after blow. During the melee, Crosby can be heard telling police that he had only moved and hesitated so he could get in front of his own cameras.
Crosby, knowing he did absolutely nothing wrong, tells the officers that he is the owner of the car. Within less than a minute after they beat him, cops were entirely aware that Crosby was indeed the owner of the car and they had no reason to stop him. However, they weren’t about to let this stop go to waste.
Knowing they had no legitimate crime to charge him with, officers began telling Crosby that he resisted and did not cooperate.
Instead of an apology, Crosby was kidnapped and charged with resisting arrest and disobeying officers.
“I understand being a police officer is a tough job, but we need them to exercise judgment in their day to day operations. And in this situation, within ten seconds of Mr. Crosby getting out of his car 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 car. Our police officers need to be better than that,” Alderman Brian Miller said.
Luckily for Crosby, after reviewing the video, a judge threw out the charges. However, not one of the cops who savagely beat an innocent man that night has faced any discipline. In fact, Evanston Police found the use of force justified.
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Below is the entire video with all audio and video from both Crosby’s dashcam and the police dashcam.