Police Tackle and Handcuff PHD Student For ‘Stealing Own Car’

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The video includes footage from the dash cam of one of the officers involved in the altercation. But it’s also synced with video of a personal dash cam Crosby kept running in his car.

On that night, Crosby was headed to Northwestern University, where he was studying for his doctoral degree in civil engineering.

But something was wrong with the molding on his car, so he pulled out a metal bar to try to fix the strip on the roof, he says on the video.

A woman passing by saw him – a black man, wearing a hoodie, with some kind of bar pressed up against a car.

She picked up the phone and called 911, telling the dispatcher she thought she was witnessing a car break-in in progress.

“He had a bar in his hand, and it looked like he was jimmying the door open,” she told the dispatcher.

When Crosby drove off, the woman followed his Chevrolet and relayed information about his location to police.

Crosby was on the phone as he drove, and communicated his growing unease. He realized the situation could look suspicious to a passer-by and hoped it didn’t escalate.

“It was a little bit dark,” he says to someone while on the phone, captured on video. “You know how it is with black people – they think we’re always trying to do something wrong.”

He noticed the car following him, and told the person on the other end of the phone that he’s going to head to a place where he’ll be safe.

“I think this person is still following me,” he says. “I think they’re trying to play some games. I’m about to go to the police station now.”

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