Man Gets $1.25M Payday After Resisting Arrest Dismissal Despite Video Evidence

Lawrence Crosby said Evanston police officers used excessive force after they pulled him over in 2015.

Evanston, IL – A former Northwestern University grad student who had charges dismissed for resisting arrest during a 2015 traffic stop, will receive a $1.25 million settlement from the Evanston Police Department.

Lawrence Crosby, 28, alleged that officers falsely arrested him and used excessive force against him after he was pulled over for “stealing” his own car, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Crosby refused to comply with officers’ orders to get onto the ground, and he was ultimately tackled and placed into handcuffs, dashcam footage showed.

“It’s not easy for me to have to be put back into that situation and have to relieve it again,” Crosby told WBBM. “At that moment in time, I did not know if I would make it to the end of the night.”

He said he was traumatized by what transpired during the encounter, and noted that Evanston police still haven’t apologized to him.

“I’ve had to deal with post-traumatic stress and having fear of the police, honestly,” Crosby added.

The incident occurred on Oct. 10, 2015, after a woman called 911 to report that a man was using a crowbar on the molding of a vehicle window, and that he subsequently got into the car and took off.

The woman followed Crosby in her own vehicle, and provided his location to police, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Officers pulled Crosby over in the 1500-block of Ridge Avenue, at which point he immediately jumped out of his car – cellphone in hand – and raised his arms above his head.

The officers knew they were responding to a report of a vehicle which had been broken into by a person matching the description of the driver and that he had driven off.

They handled the situation as a high-risk stop, and immediately ordered Crosby to get onto the ground.

Despite the commands from multiple officers, Crosby ignored them and simply faced them with his hands in the air.

Rather than getting on the ground, Crosby suddenly turned back towards his open car door.

Officers grabbed him and they continued to order him to get on the ground. Crosby still did not obey the commands, and began actively fighting their efforts to subdue him, the video showed.

Officers delivered approximately 11 body strikes before they were able to wrestle Crosby into handcuffs.

Once he was fully under control, the officers were able to investigate the situation, and determined that Crosby was driving his own vehicle.

Crosby's failure to comply with the officers' commands led to his arrest for disobeying officers and resisting arrest. A judge later dismissed the charges.

An internal investigation determined that the officers’ use of force was justified, and that they had delivered open-handed strikes and knee strikes as per their training, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Crosby filed the civil lawsuit against the Evanston Police Department in 2016.

“The settlement was for $1.25 million, and I consider that a fair and just compensation for the experience that I went through,” Crosby told WBBM.

He complained that none of the officers were disciplined for their actions during the stop, and noted that he never received an apology from the officers or city officials.

“It’s not justice,” Crosby said.

“We’re not looking for apologies [now],” said his attorney, Steven Yonover. “We’re looking for change.”

“It’s his hope that as a result of this case, that all of us begin a discussion on implicit bias and begin to recognize it and begin to discuss it between yourselves and your friends,” Yonover told the Chicago Tribune.

You can see the video of the traffic stop below:

Comments (48)
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ManBearPig
ManBearPig

Maybe if these cops had to pay out of there own pockets they would think twice about abusing people

MrsS
MrsS

The award was overly high but he had a point.

Klcitizen
Klcitizen

If he had complied. There wouldn’t have been a problem. But he was a ass so he got treated like one. Change your attitude

User 69
User 69

He doesn’t deserve any money, & had he did what the officers Asked him to do , as most men do, there would not have been any problems. The money would have benefited the police & would have been much more deserving. Where are these judges , that make these decisions, coming from ! Merry

The express
The express

Maybe the courts should stop this bullshit lottery game

LEO0301
LEO0301

PTSD my ass! Want to know what PTSD is? Trying being a police officer working in a black neighborhood for 25 years.

tfort
tfort

His charges were dismissed and the city said they did not handle it correctly.

He deserved the money.

Make the cops carry personal insurance policies and it will stop the abuses. No accountability.

tfort
tfort

It was his own car. Did you miss that part of the story.

tfort
tfort

It was his own car. Get on the ground for stealing something you own?

alaskalawdog
alaskalawdog

Whaaaaaaa.....!

My pussy hurts!

artw4545
artw4545

Always comes back to not complying to what the police tell you to do. How many millions of people interact with police on a daily basis and have no issue. Had he not gotten out of the car to begin with this would have gone a whole different direction.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

All the different voices shouting were impossible to understand and did not give the suspect a fair chance to comply before he got grabbed by the first officer. Once the first officer went hands on, it is impossible to say what he could have done with his body so as not to be resisting -- maybe went limp, I don't know. With clearer verbal commands and a few more seconds to comply, the police could have avoided a big liability. Hopefully Evanston police have re-trained their people on safer practices -- everyone is safer when a suspect that wants to comply is given a fair opportunity to comply.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

Have you seen/read of even one Caucasian, Asian or Hispanic receiving such a settlement? Are only blacks eligible? Apparently black,stupid and non-cooperative pays though there must be some other criteria since that seems too common / too simple. If anyone tells you that blacks have it harder in life than others just remind yourself of this example and all the other routine entitlements and assistance they have continually received over generations (IE:food stamps, free computer or phone programs, subsidized housing, affirmative action in hiring decisions though potentially less qualified , EEOC /ACLU protection in employment disciplinary matters despite a history of poor performance, college admissions programs to the exclusion of those who are actually better qualified , allowing black only fraternities/sororities or student unions on college campuses, viewing a hugely disproportionate amount of blacks inserted into TV ads yet seeing almost no Hispanic or Asian representation ,etc.)...All is in addition to the crime,violence,and outrageous behaviors.Refuse to accept the hypocritical reverse racist decisions. Be respectful but stop being PC and overtly patronizing.Their own poor behaviors, decisions, and ignorance are not anyone else's responsibilities but theirs and the criminal justice systems. Is being patronizing and PC improving their behaviors? How many examples do you observe of their not taking responsibilities for their own actions? How many examples do you need to see of their contributions to the crime and violence in the USA ? When do you say "enough"? Stop ignoring the obvious problems and remaining silent on these issues. Disparate Treatment is defined as "Treatment of an individual that is less favorable than treatment of others, and for a discriminatory purpose" . In this context Caucasians ,Asians and Hispanics are the groups which are on the receiving end of the disparate treatment.

Stanracer
Stanracer

Another winner!!!! In the ghetto lottery. That was an easy , cool 1.25 mil.

NickyJ
NickyJ

Good grief here we go again. I suffer from PTS everyday when my kids come home from school. Hmm I wonder who I can sue. I know my husband.

pixiepup
pixiepup

I’m so sick of seeing these videos that show someone not doing what he’s told and then getting money for misbehavior. The judge dropping the charges was the first mistake. He should have got charged for it. That just set the police up for a lawsuit which they didn’t deserve. So sad this keeps happening.

johnjames45
johnjames45

Talk about a crock of poo. The officers had more than reasonable cause. All he had to do was comply & none of this would have happened. Obviously has a guilty conscience & is just after a payday. Just another non white person milking it for what they can. No different here in Australia.

jakesj40
jakesj40

Here we go again, Black privilege. Somehow they don't think they have to follow the lawful orders of police officers like persons of other races do.