Lawrence Crosby, a black man and an engineering doctoral candidate at Northwestern University, was fixing his car in a suburb outside Chicago when a woman passing by called police. Crosby was fixing his own car and then got into his own car and pulled off. The woman followed Crosby, giving updates to police. Evanston police arrived on the scene and ordered Crosby out of his vehicle. Dashcam video of Crosby’s arrest was released Wednesday by Evansville police.
The video shows Crosby exiting his vehicle with his hands raised before cops take him down and begin punching him. within 10 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. Crosby filed a civil rights lawsuit against the EPD in 2016, and that case is now pending.
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