The police investigation of a controversial traffic stop in July where four people were arrested still is ongoing.
On July 13, Milton Travis, 21, his girlfriend, Deandra Robinson, 19, and his brother Maurice Bass, 23, were each charged with resisting police after a traffic stop that night in the 100 block of Third Avenue. All three were in a car along with a 16-year-old juvenile, who was charged with violating curfew and released from the scene.
Travis and Bass allegedly were injured by officers during the traffic stop, which provoked outrage from their family, who spoke out at a Joliet City Council meeting several days later. Joliet police said in a news release on July 16 that they opened an investigation into the events surrounding the traffic stop.
Joliet police Sgt. Darrell Gavin said Tuesday that the traffic stop incident still was under investigation.
Former Joliet Police Chief Brian Benton previously said the department would review video and audio recordings, reports and other information “to determine if the officers acted in accordance with department policy and within the scope of the law.”
Robinson has disagreed with the Joliet police’s account of what happened during the traffic stop. When contacted by The Herald-News by phone Tuesday, she hung up.
Joliet police said officers ordered Travis to exit the vehicle several times after they pulled him over for disobeying a stop sign.
Robinson said Travis did not want to comply with the officers’ orders to exit his car because he was scared and didn’t feel it was necessary. She said they’ve seen on the news how police, in general, pull people over for no reason and abuse them.
The traffic stop led to what Joliet police characterized as a “brief struggle” because Travis allegedly resisted officers’ efforts to remove him from the car. Bass and Robinson allegedly tried to intervene, and Bass suffered small scratches, police have said.
Charges of operating an uninsured car and failure to obey a police officer were dropped against Travis, according to court records. He pleaded guilty to disregarding a stop sign and was sentenced to three months of court supervision and fined $270.
Robinson and Bass still have pending resisting police cases.