City dropped from police stop lawsuit

Evanston city officials say they've received notice that the city has been dropped as a defendant in a case filed over a police stop of a 13-year-old boy last summer.

The federal court suit, filed by an attorney for Ava Thompson Greenwell, claimed her son Diwani's civil rights were violated when he was briefly detained by police investigating a burglary in their neighborhood Aug. 30.

While Greenwell's attorney, Chistopher Cooper, filed notice he was dropping the city as a defendant Thursday night, the case continues against police officer Mark Buell, who handcuffed Diwani Greenwell.

The suit centers around whether the description provided officers searching for the burglary suspect sufficiently matched Diwani to justify the stop.

Evanston city attorney Grant Farrar said that, because the suit against Buell remains active, the city would have no comment on the dismissal of the city as a defendant in the case.

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