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.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Not a pretty picture

    Not sure why no charges were filed. Might be a lawsuit. But check out Amnesty's Facebook page. 

    Amnesty's mother wrote on her Facebook page that he was run over by a squad car. Not a good situation.

    Here are two quotes from Amnesty mother's Facebook page. 

    "The women look like men in this Precint…lol Invasion of the brolic-dyke Cops."

    "This is one of those moments when I have to pray for the strength to not to let these hick pigs know what it's like to get it…Like a movie!! If I had five minutes alone with each one of them.."

    Read these posts, they are shocking, revealing and threatening. References to cops as "snow bunnies," the N word, etc. Just wow.

  2. Higher Standards

    The police in our community are asked to risk their lives every day – not symbolically – but actually. They never know if the next person they stop will shoot, stab or perpetrate violence on them. For this service I thank them. For the countless times they have done unnoticed good, unheralded acts of civility and bravery and yes, even kindness – I thank them.

    I am thankfull every day that thay are out there protecting me and mine for their responsibilities are real and dangerous and vitally important.

    This is also why they must be prepared to be held to the highest of standards, open to public scrutiny and inspection and questioning. They have accepted a role that maintains the law and requireds them to not only uphold it, but exemplify it. 

    The "thin blue line" and "code of silence" does not protect policemen, it imdemnifies each rotten apple, protects each uniform clad thug and hides those that need to be spotlighted and prosecuted by the very people who protect them.

    I do not know the facts of this case, but we must demand and our peacekeepers must accept that they have to bel held to the highest standards and their every action should be open to scrutiny.

    Without the checks and balances we have a sanctioned, armed force that literally holds life and death in their hands.


    1. A picture is worth…

      Let's get all of our police officers wired up with cameras on their vest so that we won't have any more second guessing as to what actually took place in these type of incidents.

      1. Cameras won’t change second

        Cameras won't change second guessing as dramatically as you believe. Even watching a situation on a camera will not cause you the most basic physiological changes that an officer on scene is experiencing. There was a man in Idaho (I believe) that was shot by police after not dropping a knife as ordered and approaching an officer. Police officers argued over whether or not the man should have been shot.. You have a great deal of faith, unjustifiable faith, in our citizenry.Most cases will remain as they are now with police being blamed for doing their job like a Chicago officer who chased down and a caught a man who just snatched a lady's phone. The lady refused to press charges, defended the theif, and told the officer's supervisor that she thought he was too aggressive in retrieving her phone.

  3. Law Enforcement Misconduct

    ALL public servants, especially law enforcement, should be mandated to be bonded and insured, the policy paid for out of their OWN pockets. If no insurance company is willing to take on that gamble, than these “high risk” people will be unable to gain employment in these fields. If the bureaucracy chooses to hire them without such insurance, then at such time that these government employees abrogate the parameters of their position and are sued by their victims, the already overburdened taxpayer would NEVER be liable for their unlawful conduct and actions.

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