According to a report from the Journal Sentinel, a Wisconsin woman by the name of Robin Anderson arrived at Bayshore Town Center for a job interview at an Applebee’s restaurant the morning of Dec. 20, 2017 when a police cruiser came out of nowhere and smashed into her vehicle.
After making impact with Anderson’s parallel-parked Hyundai vehicle, the officers jumped out of their cruiser, drew their guns, ordered her to crawl over broken glass and out of her car, and proceeded to handcuff her.
Scared for her life, Anderson said she kept telling herself, “Don’t move or they’ll shoot you.”
After the incident, Glendale police issued an apology, claiming that it was simply a result of a mistaken identity, as they were looking for four black men suspected in a string of robberies in the area who were reportedly driving a Hyundai Elantra.
The vehicle they were looking for had a specific license plate number, was a different model than Anderson’s car, and none of the suspects were believed to be female.
As a result of the incident, attorney Mark Thomsen filed a lawsuit against the city of Glendale, officer William Schieffer, and detective Adam Wall on Anderson’s behalf.
“The only thing Anderson had in common with the thieves is that she is also African-American,” said Thomsen. “Had Anderson been white this would not have happened.”
“This is something that I see all the time, everywhere, that African-Americans are being stopped for no reason and police officers aren’t being held accountable for the situations when they are wrong,” said Anderson.
“I just want it to stop,” she added. “I just want them to know this is not okay.”