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Joliet police: 3 charged with resisting officer during traffic stop

Videos posted on social media show conflict

Shaw Media file photo
Shaw Media file photo

Three Joliet residents were arrested and charged with resisting a police officer during a traffic stop Friday night.

Milton Travis, 21, of Joliet, was driving a silver Chevrolet Malibu when he disobeyed a stop sign at the intersection of Third Avenue and Sherman Street about 11 p.m. Friday, according to a news release from the Joliet Police Department. Travis’ uncle, Londell Bass, said his nephew was with three other people in the car, driving to his home in the 100 block of Third Avenue.

According to the release, officers noticed the vehicle disobeying the stop sign and had to aggressively apply the brakes on their squad car to avoid making contact with the other vehicle.

The officers then activated their squad car’s lights to make a traffic stop, but the occupants in the Malibu disregarded the officer’s lights and would not stop. The officers activated their siren and horn twice before the vehicle complied.

When the officers approached the vehicle, they could not see inside because of the heavy tint on the car’s windows, and officers told Travis to roll down his window numerous times, although he did not comply. Officers ordered Travis to exit the vehicle several times, according to the release, but he again did not comply. Travis was told if he did not exit the vehicle, he would be under arrest for obstructing an officer, and they would be forced to break his window and remove him from the vehicle to arrest him.

Again, according to the release, Travis did not comply.

“Officers were forced to break the driver-side window to unlock the door and remove Travis from the vehicle,” according to the release.

Travis resisted the officers’ efforts to remove him from the car, so officers were forced “to increase their response to his resistance to the arrest.” After a “brief struggle,” according to the release, they were able to take Travis into custody.

Maurice Bass, 23, of Joliet and Deandra Robinson, 19, of Joliet both were passengers in the car. According to the release, they tried to intervene despite commands from the officers to stop. Officers told them they were under arrest, and, after a brief struggle, they also were placed in custody. Joliet police spokesman Darrell Gavin said an officer tased Maurice Bass because he did not comply.

A 16-year-old Joliet resident also was in the vehicle.

According to the release, none of the subjects complained of injuries or requested medical treatment although Gavin said Maurice Bass did get small scratches because of the struggle and tasing. Keyshauna Bass said her cousin had “really bad cuts on his back from where the tasers hit him,” and he was bleeding.

Multiple videos taken of the incident were posted on Facebook, depicting some of what happened. Someone inside the vehicle appeared to have posted one.

“What was your probable cause?” Travis can be heard saying. “What was your probable cause of pulling me over?”

The video shows the officer asking Travis to get out of the car.

Another video, taken some time after Travis was removed from the car, shows him on the ground with two police officers restraining him. The video also appears to show one officer striking Travis.

Robinson can be heard saying “Look at this! Look what they’re doing!” in the video, Londell Bass said.

Another video, taken from a distance, appears to show the officer striking Travis. Londell Bass said he thinks it might have been a neighbor who took the video.

Travis was charged with obstructing a police officer, resisting a police officer and issued traffic citations for disobeying a stop sign, disobeying a police officer and operating an uninsured motor vehicle.

Maurice Bass and Robinson both were charged with resisting a police officer. The juvenile was charged with a curfew violation and then was released to an adult relative at the scene.

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