Updated: Reverend Intends to File Federal Suit Against Glencoe Police

NAACP has taken the case, and Reverend Michael James of Evanston says he and his lawyers want to track police records to ensure alleged racial profiling isn’t an epidemic in the department.

Update Saturday, July 14. 

Reverend Dr. Michael James reports to Winnetka-Glencoe Patch he will be meeting with the Glencoe Public Safety Department along with NAACP Evanston Branch President George Mitchell on Monday, July 16 to discuss the citation he received and allegations of racial profiling.  Patch will follow developments of this case as they become available.  

Previous Article from July 9. 

The Reverend Dr. Michael James has taken steps to file a federal lawsuit against the for.

James, who is black, said he contacted the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and has been told they will start a case file for him.

“NAACP representatives will be coming with me to a meeting with the Glencoe Police; they will be reaching out to the police to set a date hopefully on Monday, July 16” James said.

In an interview Sunday with Winnetka-Glencoe Patch, James said the press conference he held Saturday outside of the Glencoe Public Safety Department will help him work toward accomplishing his goals in this case.

“I want the Glencoe Police to undergo cultural sensitivity training. I want for the department to be agreeable to us going back up to 10 years to make sure others haven’t been racially profiled by this department, and if so, it is prevented in the future” James said.

James said television news crews that attended the press conference went to the site of his citation in a construction area on Sheridan Road, where bicycle traffic is currently prohibited.

“I was told there were bikers coming through there, and there were no police in the vicinity,” James.

When asked about , James said, “We are going to put the burden of proof on them to show whether those tickets were given to all blacks, all whites, or what.”

is that other white bicyclists rode by as he was receiving his citation, and were not approached by Lieutenant Betsy Seno, who stopped him.

“It sounds like if a police person is there and you are black, you’re going to get a ticket,” James said.

, she indicated she did not recall other bicyclists riding by because she was focused on James and writing his citation.

“I am going to go through this to the fullest; three black men from my church have contacted me and said they were also profiled in Glencoe,” James said.  

“This police force needs some special development, and if they have already done it, it’s not working,” he said.

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Melissa July 09, 2012 at 05:14 PM
Thanks for your reply. Oh, okay, right, he committed a violation...true...but I'd like to ask one more question: what about the other cyclists riding by as he was getting a ticket? Is this like when someone gets a ticket on the highway and says "but everyone else was speeding too..." The police can't stop everyone, so they simply handled the situation at hand? Now I'm wondering if the NAACP is truly representing him, because they don't usually get tied up in shenanigans. I'm not arguing, just discussing to get a better understanding.
ebuddha July 09, 2012 at 06:43 PM
in a related article, it was mentioned that other cyclists were also issued citations before the good reverend. another article further mentioned that both the officer that issued the citation as well as the head of the Glencoe PD reached out but were not able to get in touch with the reverend nor did he call back. it seems to me that if the reverend were a true reverend and truly felt someone did something wrong to him and the person/people tried to reach out, then i'd think a private conversation could be had ---- instead of making a very public display out of a very old and tired argument. let's ask the question: who do you think is in a worse situation: a non-white person from the South side riding their bicylce in Glencoe, or a white Glencoe person riding their bicycle down a street on the South side?
Melissa July 09, 2012 at 07:29 PM
Why are you asking that question...to say that a black person is safer in Glencoe, than a white person on the south side? Why? Wow... and you're serious? I think we're getting off the subject, but thanks for giving me a few more facts on the story. I can see why you feel this way about the situation, but I don't understand some of the things you say. I've lived on the south side, far south and Hyde Park, Peoria, IL El Cajon, Los Angeles, San Bernardino (CA), Little Rock Ar...and these situations happen everywhere, and people like you are everywhere, and people like the reverend are everywhere. I'm sick of all of you. I could see you not trusting him or not liking the lawsuit, but why wish hardship against him, when you don't know how he felt...Things that make you freak out , may make me laugh...you don't know how that made him feel. But hopefully they can work it out without a lawsuit. I agree that that a lawsuit would be taking it a bit far if that is all that occurred.
Willie Wildkit July 09, 2012 at 07:42 PM
Glencoe police do profile. I was issued a ticket too, probably because I'm from Evanston also. I think they are still POed at ETHS beating New Trier in the basketball semi-finals.
ebuddha July 09, 2012 at 07:43 PM
where do you see in any of my comments that i 'wished hardship on him'? when you say 'people like you' what are you referring to? when you say 'peole like the reverend' what are you referring to? thus far, i've merely presented a few related facts and posited an alternative scenario to illustrate how absurd i feel the reverend's actions are in the context of the 'big picture'.
Ralph Cramden July 09, 2012 at 08:39 PM
Not exactly my experience..... I've seen and experienced some of the officers on the Glencoe force being aggressive with white men and white women. I can understand the instinct to feel a police officer's aggressiveness is due to profiling or unequal treatment. Unfortunately, some officers are equally rude and tactless to all.
Ralph Cramden July 09, 2012 at 08:47 PM
LOL....thanks for the humor Willie. Just so everyone knows, Glencoe residents get stopped, pulled over and ticketed all the time. My favorite violation is making a left hand turn into a parking space. Seriously. It is a small town with a lot of officers: policing coverage is very thorough. Unless you're a very careful driver, if you drive a lot in Glencoe at some point you're likely to have a free opportunity to chat w/a Glencoe police officer.
ebuddha July 09, 2012 at 09:50 PM
btw, i was just back reviewing Willie's and Ralph comments and saw your last statement and wanted to congratulate you on making sure the problem continues to the next generation - i always hoped that when Jesse Jackson's generation died that perhaps some of the chip would fall off people's shoulders - but (a) talking with your granddaughter about it and then (b) taking her on a field trip to 'show' her is setting her up for failure in life the same as the good reverend. Now she too can grow up and when she encounters some jerk of a cop (and by the way, i'm not saying that is the case here), she'll think it's because she's black and endure an angry adulthood thanks to grandma - instead of thinking like the rest of us "that cop was a complete ahole and must have been having a bad day" (even though they probably just caught us doing something we should not have been - hey we all get angry when we get a ticket, but we don't go making a federal case out of it and pulling out the race card). way to keep the hate living!! that would be like me telling my daughter that Mr.Nobama is enabling all the lazy people in this country to sit on their ass and then (if it wasn't so risky) taking her down to the South side and showing her the ghetto. instead, i try to teach her a positive message (i.e. work hard, personal responsibility, ignore the others not doing what they're supposed to, etc and just make sure you do the right thing).
Melissa July 09, 2012 at 10:36 PM
@ Ralph: Thank you for your comment- That really helps people to see the bigger pic. If this is true, then these are the comments that will discredit the lawsuit. Not people attacking the reverend and saying he is looking for attention or what have you like that ebuddah person. The reverend may think he's doing the right thing. But thank again.
Melissa July 09, 2012 at 10:38 PM
lol @ Willie.
Melissa July 09, 2012 at 10:42 PM
@ Ralph...interesting...I think that information about the police is key...
Melissa July 09, 2012 at 10:59 PM
ok, ebuddha. I was referring to you saying you hope that the system makes him pay for the legal bills...People like you: People who judge everything and everybody without compassion or empathy. People like the reverend, who want to waste time making a point or trying to fix something that will never be fixed. It just makes me ill, when there are such bigger fish to fry in the world... As long as you don't violate my rights, or hurt me. I don't care who hates me as a black person. You have free will, and a right to hate whomever you like, right? Hate is not against the law. I'm doing what I need to do to leave some part of me on this earth. That's it for me.
Melissa July 09, 2012 at 11:12 PM
ebuddha: calm down. So now your mad and attacking me...My granddaughter will not fail because I exposed her to prejudice white people. If I don't show her, when racism does happen to her- it will hurt more and be taken personally. I was showing her that people can hate you for no reason, or because they may have never had the chance to be around black people, or were media-tized. My granddaughter's two best friends are white, one is black and one Puerto Rican- this was her choice after I told her what type of person makes a good friend. What's with you and the south side...The south side has some of the hardest working people on earth living there. I can take you to the west side of Evanston if you want to see lazy street people. I'd like to meet you- and talk more.
ebuddha July 09, 2012 at 11:54 PM
You ask why I focused on the south side? I've got nothing against hard working people anywhere, but this was in reply to your profiling of the north shore as a bunch of white racists! Btw, when you took your granddaughter on her field trip up there, what sort of racism did you encounter?
laurie July 10, 2012 at 04:50 AM
I look forward to seeing how this turns out and am confident that tickets will also have gone to white bikers or drivers. i have heard to watch out for this construction as they are actively ticketing---weather white or black and regardless of gender or religion. and of course the officer wouldnt stop others and make them wait in line until she finishes ticketing her current violator! i have NEVER seen that for cars or bikes. Wait in line for your ticket? Really?
J Connors July 10, 2012 at 06:08 AM
I agree that if there is racial profiling or discrimination the person(s) involved should be hung from the yardarm. But isn't a greater issue the 80% of African-American children who are born with a single mother, the high dropout rate in high school , the disproportionate percentage of prison inmates who are African-American and the unfortunate high unemployment rate among the African-American community. I know people don't want to talk about these issues but they are real. What is the Reverend doing to address these issues?
ebuddha July 10, 2012 at 12:35 PM
That's exactly right. In fact despite appearances most local police departments don't like issuing tickets and probably only issue as many as will get the word out to everyone else that there is someone enforcing the rules. To my original post, anyone want to guess what it will cost the taxpayers of glencoe in legal bills defending this baseless claim? Thats the real crime here. Instead of taking It like a man, he's turned it into a federal case.
ebuddha July 11, 2012 at 12:37 AM
Amen Well said.
Melissa July 11, 2012 at 12:50 AM
Rosalind M. Wallace July 11, 2012 at 12:52 AM
Where did my message go? So I will briefly say...Let it drop...if you are a true man of the cloth with degrees from colleges and a seminary, you must know you are doing the wrong thing. If you received your ministry certificate from a mail order ad and use it for garbage like you are pulling, then please disappear. If Jesus would have been ticketed, he would have apologized to the officer, accepted the ticket with a humble demeanor and paid the fine. So, like I said, Jesus rode a jack ass and you sir, are one!!! Quit all this racial and equality issues...drop your demands...Instead, teach your men how to be good fathers and good examples...teach your moms about child bearing as a responsible action, not welfare and teach your kids the values of life and keep them out of gangs and for Heaven's sake...teach them to pull up their pants and dress with dignity and talk proper English and that you must work for money, not steal from others. I dare say that from your pulpit or street corner you will be spewing hate and your own issues...why don't you teach the love of Christ, his laws and why they need to be followed. There are enough people who already ignore laws and have no respect for enforcement agencies, judicial rulings or authority. How are you helping society by keeping the sores bleeding? No, you were not insulted or injured...you have a personal agenda...you need to drop it and drop it now.
Melissa July 11, 2012 at 12:57 AM
@ Rosalind: Well...who can argue with that comment AT ALL...well spoken, and So Be It.
Winnetka July 11, 2012 at 02:15 PM
Umm..Melissa..didn't the good reverend write a series of books whose subject matter centers on "racial grievance"?? If that had not been the case, then I would say a review of the individual officer(a woman and a "minority" considering the low ratio of women to men in law enforcement) and the departments procedures would be prudent. That being said, I also believe Rev. Michael should be subjected to scrutiny as to why he is attempting to saddle the Glencoe P.D. and by extension the Glencoe tax payers w/ a federal lawsuit. I hope he has a good bankroll, for when the judge orders him to pay all the attorney and court costs for this frivilous lawsuit.
Winnetka July 11, 2012 at 02:19 PM
Glencoe has a rich and varied racial history. Educate yourself and look beyond the victim theology that you are blindly following.
Melissa July 11, 2012 at 03:55 PM
@Winnetka: I am not Blind. I am real. I have lived 50 years with something you know nothing about...I am not a victim...I am an over-comer-I'm happy with my life as meager and frightening as it may be sometimes. I face ALL my fears-(My fear was that she would be hurt by it one day.)..which is why I took the trip. I will not pretend to not see what will be here for ever. I am not your victim. - You guys let some people do whatever they want to prove you're liberal and without prejudice...then why can't you let me think and feel for myself. Don't call me names, and try to act like I'm imposing something on myself- you condescending, arrogant person. That's who I'm prejudice against- people like you, people who are not realistic. I will not live in a fantasy for you or anyone else...and I know you'retype- you would never say this directly to me...and we both know why. So open your eyes- you are the one blind. You coward.
Melissa July 11, 2012 at 04:02 PM
Winnetka: Why are you asking me things about the reverend like I'm his lawyer? If you read my comments- I'm not on his side, I was simply saying early on that we don't know for sure what motivated him, or how he felt- i would say that for you if you were in the position. I studied Behavioral Science, and am into naturalistic observation- Which is a big part of why I took my granddaughter on a "field trip". But of course you were way ahead of me, on your high horse and too smart to ask why- Stop communicating with me please- you are wasting my precious life..
Cindy July 13, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Melissa July 13, 2012 at 06:06 PM
@Cindy: What?
Carlo July 26, 2012 at 05:44 AM
Its just a plain fact that the Glencoe PD does not have real crime to fight on a daily basis as compared to inner city police. I find it quite amusing look at the patrol cars that are new, spotless and without a scratch as compared to Chicago patrol cars which look like they been through a few combat missions. Therefore they have a lot of time on their hands to issue citations for peddy violations like J walking, a burned out tail light,not picking up after your dog or riding your bike in a no bike zone etc. Its residents demand enforcements of these violations in order to keep a standard in their community and for safety. Sounds a bit ridiculous but it's the law and you must obey it.
Melissa July 26, 2012 at 03:11 PM
I agree...that's the bottom line. It's the law- and whatever laws we are talking about - we all have to obey them.
Fletch February 08, 2013 at 05:38 AM
You are a biggot.


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