An Evanston police officer has been placed on paid administrative leave while the department’s professional standards unit investigates an incident that left a theft suspect hospitalized with injuries.
The incident came to light after a woman, Tomi Williams, who identified herself as the injured man’s mother, posted a review on the police department’s Facebook page claiming “This police department likes to beat black children half to death.”
Police Cmdr. Jay Parrott, in response to an inquiry from Evanston Now, said that the incident happened on March 1 when officers responded to a report of a retail theft at the Evanston Plaza shopping center at Dempster Street and Dodge Avenue.
The officers, Parrott says, spotted a suspect, who fled on foot. The officers gave chase, finally stopping the suspect about a mile-and-a-half from the shopping center, in the 8200 block of Kimball Ave. in Skokie.
Parrott said it’s not uncommon for an officer to be placed on paid administrative leave whenever the use of force results in incapaciting injuries and that the professional standards review has not yet reached any conclusion about whether the use of force was justified in this incident.
Williams, in posts to her own Facebook page, said her son, Amnesty Memminger, who’s about 25 years old, was hospitalized at Evanston Hospital for nearly a week, but has since returned home to Brooklyn, New York.
Parrott said no charges have been filed against the theft suspect for reasons unrelated to the officer’s use of force.