When clty clerk candidate Devon Reid was arrested Sunday while seeking nominating petition signatures on a downtown Evanston street corner, it wasn’t his first encounter with police.
City officials placed two officers involved in Sunday’s arrest on paid administrative leave while the department investigates the incident. Reid says he was taken into custody after he refused to tell an officer his age.
Reid, 24, says he was also improperly arrested by Evanston police just over a year ago. That incident happened about 6:50 p.m. on Oct. 6, 2015, at 705 Howard St.
Reid says he and a friend were sitting in a car there when police — apparently suspecting the car was stolen — “stopped us and asked what were were doing.”
“We weren’t doing anything illegal,” Reid says. “The police searched us and the car and confirmed the car wasn’t stolen.”
“Then the police asked for my buddy’s and my names,” Reid says. “I refused to give my name and was placed under arrest.”
Reid argues that because the police had already established that no crime had been committed, they had no basis to arrest him for failing to give his name, and he says the charge of obstructing justice was later dismissed in court.
Three days later, on Oct. 9, 2015, Reid was also arrested — this time while driving in the McHenry County village of Lake in the Hills.
He was charged with driving on a suspended drivers license and operating an uninsured motor vehicle.
Reid says he knew he had an unpaid traffic ticket from a prior incident but wasn’t aware that his license had been suspended as a result.
He says he’s paid the fine for that, and has not tried to get his license reinstated yet — preferring for now to walk or use public transportation.
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