Black PhD student accused of stealing his own car settles with city, officials confirm

By Genevieve Bookwalter, Pioneer Press | Source: MSN

The City of Evanston, Ill., has reached a tentative settlement in a lawsuit filed by a Northwestern University doctoral candidate against the city and four police officers after the then-PhD student was arrested and accused of stealing his own car, attorneys and the city manager have confirmed.

Attorneys for former Northwestern student Lawrence Crosby said the settlement amount was $1.25 million, and though Evanston City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz confirmed a settlement had been reached, he declined to provide the amount pending final City Council approval at its Jan. 28 meeting.

Attorney Steven Yonover, who represented Crosby, said his client hopes the case results in education efforts surrounding bias.

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