A woman backed her car into another on purpose on the Church Street side of the main Evanston Public Library late yesterday afternoon. This among the stories in today’s daily crime bulletin from Evanston police.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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  1. No charges?

    How can you intentionally damage someone's car and try to hit a pedestrian and not get charged?

    Even if the driver and pedestrian, for some odd reason, won't press charges, the police should be able to and prosecuters take up the case.   And the same [change?] in the law would get those responsible for assault and robbery, off the streets instead of victim being afraid to press charges [fear or commutiy standard of not "ratting."] as we see too often.

    As it is the criminals and crazies [how else could you describe this driver] go back on the street.



    1. How do you expect the charges to hold up in court?

      Maybe you think this is unfortuanate, but we have a criminal justice system that assumes innocence until proven guilty.  If the cops didn't witness the event and no witnesses are willing to cooperate with the police, how do you think the trial will go for the alleged perpetrator?  


      If you would rather have the cops arrrest and prosecute people on mere suspicion, then you might as well be living in North Korea.  

      1. Then ?

        I guess we just let people do whatever they want, make sure the police don't see them, threaten anyone who is hurt or sees them.

        Would a dead body with no witness mean they police can't do anything since the victim can't press charges ?  What about robbery or assault where the perp wears a hood ? 

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