A review of police dispatch audio tapes sheds some light on the incident in which a candidate for Evanston city clerk, Devon Reid, was arrested while circulating his nominating petitions Sunday evening.

The audio archive is maintained by the subscription service Broadcastify,com.

It indicates an officer, identified by City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz as Officer Amy Golubski, told dispatch at 5:43 p.m. she was stopping two people at the corner of Church Street and Sherman Avenue.

Dispatch hadn’t sent her to that location, but it was not clear from the tape whether she decided to make the stop on her own or had been received a complaint from someone else in the area.

The dispatcher offered to send a backup unit. Golubski initially said that wasn’t needed, but about 90 seconds later requested the backup car, which arrived about a minute later.

Then at 5:48 p.m. Golubski asked dispatch to “punch a ticket for an ordinance violation, I have one in custody.”

She then drove Reid to the police station, arriving there about 5:52 p.m.

And four minutes after that she asked for a supervisor, identified by Bobkiewicz as Sgt. David Berman, to meet her, and Berman radioed, “Yeah, I’ll come down.”

Golubski’s voice on the recording sounded calm throughout the incident. And nothing further related to the incident was heard on the police radio recording.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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