Dashcam Video Shows Police Arresting Man for Stealing His Own Car

Lawrence Crosby sued the city of Evanston, Illinois and the four police officers who tackled and arrested him.
1:23 | 01/16/17

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Next tonight here. Police officers under scrutiny tonight. A graduate student studying engineering file a lawsuit. Officers suspecting him of stealing the car he was driving, tacking and arresting him as he explains, and you can hear it that the car is his. ABC's linsey Davis with the dashcam video tonight. Reporter: The city of evanston, Illinois is under fire and facing a lawsuit tonight along with four police officers after this violent takedown. On the ground! On the ground! Reporter: This newly released dashcam video of the 2015 incident shows police stopping a man for allegedly stealing a car. Hands up! Reporter: Officers take him down, saying he didn't follow orders to get on the ground. While handcuffed, Lawrence Crosby tells the officers it's his car. This is my vehicle, sir. I was trying to fix something on the roof. Reporter: Police pulling the 25-year-old over after a woman called 911 saying she saw a black man in a hoodie using a bar to break into a car. I dunno if I'm like racial profiling. I feel bad. Reporter: Even after realizing he was not a criminal, police arrested the phd student saying he didn't follow their commands. When we tell you to get down man. Yes sir. The police department says it will no longer require subjects to be facedown on the ground. Crosby was acquitted after his arrest, and he is seeking more than $50,000 in damages, daftd. Thank you, linsey.

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