Friday, August 10, 2012
In 2011, about 17 percent of people stopped for traffic violations were minorities, according to Glencoe Public Safety Department data.
About 15 percent of the people stopped for traffic violations in the Village of Glencoe have been minorities over the past three years, according to information obtained by Patch. This comes as an Evanston man pursues a claim he was racially profiled in the village. Rev. Dr. Michael James of Evanston requested the information after Glencoe police issued him a ticket for cycling through the Sheridan Road construction zone on June 30. James says the stop was racially motivated and several other white bicyclists went through the area without being stopped. Here is a look at the racial background of the stops on a year-to-year basis, according to documents obtained by Patch through the Freedom of Information Act from the Glencoe Public …
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
The pastor said he received "inhumane treatment" while biking through a construction zone on Sheridan Road. Local officials, however, say the stop was not racially motivated.
An Evanston pastor met with Glencoe village officials Monday over a racial profiling claim. Glencoe Police Chief Michael Volling does not believe any prejudice occurred. Both sides are preparing for another meeting July 25 and the possibility of a lawsuit has not yet been ruled out. Rev. Dr. Michael James of Evanston and George Mitchell, the Evanston NAACP President, met with Glencoe Village President Paul Harlow and Volling for approximately an hour Monday to discuss a June 30 incident near the intersection of Sheridan Road and Hogarth Lane where James was issued a ticket for bicycling in a construction zone. James claims that several other bikers who were white passed by at the same time without any questions. “It gives the appearance of…
Monday, July 9, 2012
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 Glencoe Police for alleged racial profiling he says he experienced during a bike citation June 30. 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 …
Sunday, July 8, 2012
Despite the July 4th holiday, it's been a busy news week in and around Winnetka, Glencoe and Northfield. Browse through the "Editor's Picks" for the week to catch up on what you may have missed!
Saturday, July 7, 2012
Reverend Michael James of Evanston says he wants the Glencoe Police Department to go through cultural awareness training to avoid racial profiling he says he suffered from when he was given a citation while riding through the Sheridan Road construction pr
Friday, July 6, 2012
Chief Michael Volling says all officers are instructed to enforce the bicyclist restriction in the Sheridan Road construction area; he says he has reached out several times to Reverend Michael James of Evanston but was unsuccessful in making contact.
Glencoe Police Chief Michael Volling says his lieutenant was enforcing village biking restrictions while addressing safety concerns when an Evanston man was cited for riding through the Sheridan Road construction area July 30. Meanwhile, the bicyclist, Reverend Michael James, claims he was racially profiled and reportedly plans to make the $25 citation a federal case, according to Glencoe News. "There is no bicycle traffic permitted northbound or southbound; vehicle traffic is the only traffic permitted northbound on Sheridan Road during the construction project," said Michael Volling, Glencoe police chief. Volling said due to a couple of "near misses" in the area, the village made a decision that for the safety of bicyclists, they …
Reverend Michael James of Evanston claims he was racially profiled by Glencoe Police after calling police to complain about treatment he received during a bike citation. He says other bicyclists who rode through the area were not cited.
Reverend Michael James of Evanston, who is threatening to file a federal law suit for racial profiling after receiving a bike ticket in Glencoe June 30, says he was treated unfairly the day he was cited. “There was nothing I was doing to break the law. I was concentrating on getting into shape to run the marathon with my daughter,” James said. “I actually stopped and began to stretch right near the police car before I was going to head back.” James, who is African American, said Lieutenant Betsy Seno, who issued him the $25 citation for biking through a Sheridan Road construction area was, “viciously angry” in her treatment towards him. “While she was giving me the ticket, there were four white bikers that casually came right by us, …
Thursday, July 5, 2012
The Reverend Michael James is threatening to make the bike stop a federal case after he was ticketed by Glencoe police for illegally travelling northbound in the Sheridan Road construction zone June 30, 'Glencoe News' reports.
An Evanston man is claiming racial profiling is the reason he was stopped and ticketed after riding his bicycle through the Sheridan Road construction zone June 30, according to Glencoe News. He also is threatening to make the issue a federal case. The Reverend Michael James, 52, stated he didn’t know he was breaking the law as he headed northbound and then headed southbound through the construction area, according to the article. James was stopped by a Glencoe policewoman and received a $25 ticket. He has scheduled a press conference at Glencoe Police Headquarters to address the incident on Saturday, July 7 at 11 a.m., according to Glencoe News. Updates on on the water main construction and detour information for motorists, …