Evanston Settles Lawsuit Brought By Student Claiming Discrimination

Nancy Harty
January 20, 2019 - 4:45 pm

Courtesy/Lawrence Crosby


CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The city of Evanston has settled a lawsuit brought by a Northwestern PHD candidate who was pulled over for suspicion of car theft while driving his own vehicle. 

Lawrence Crosby was arrested in 2015 after a bystander called 9-1-1 to report a possible car theft. The incident was captured in a dash cam video in which the now-28-year-old is seen getting out of his car with his hands up before being tackled by multiple officers.

Since his arrest, trial and acquittal on resisting arrest charges, Crosby says he suffered PTSD and is afraid of police. He says he hopes his experience can help protect other minorities and plans to host a forum at his other alma mater, Stanford University, this spring. 

Crosby reached a settlement with Evanston days before his civil was to go to trial.

During a press conference this morning, his legal team brought out several experts to discuss what police officers should have done and the impact the case - and the video - has had on Crosby.

The Evanston City Council will vote next week on the undisclosed settlement terms.

The city calls the settlement "a compromise of disputed claims" and does not admit any liability in it.