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On Aug. 29, Evanston police detained and handcuffed a 13-year-old African American male at the side of his home. The young man, an honor student entering eighth grade at Chute Middle School, was cleared and released minutes later. His mother, Ava Thompson Greenwell who is an associate professor at Northwestern University, has lodged a complaint against the officers involved.
Perry Polinski, media relations for the Evanston Police Department, told the RoundTable that police received a call that a robbery was in progress in the 1600 block of Seward Street at approximately 11:15 a.m. on Aug. 30. He said the young man “fit the description of the robbery suspect and/or he was in the vicinity.” The young man was handcuffed and temporarily detained by police for a “show-up,” which is akin to a line-up conducted on the street, said Mr. Polinski.
On Sept. 7, the Evanston Police Department released an audio relating to the above incident, with the victim’s identity removed. The audio is accessible through the links below: