Pinned to the ground by officers who kneed and struck him, Lawrence Crosby screamed whatever he could think of to convince them that he was a law-abiding PhD student, not a violent car thief. “This is my vehicle, sir,” he said, his voice captured by the dashboard-camera video. “I have evidence. . . . I purchased this vehicle Jan. 23, 2015, from Libertyville Chevrolet.”
"Video Shows Police Tackling and Beating a Black Man Suspected of Stealing a Car. It Was His." is from the January 14, 2017 National section of The Washington Post. It was written by Cleve R. Wootson Jr. and narrated by Jill Melancon.