Chicago’s ban on airport pickups for rideshare services such as Uber and Lyft is already ridiculous. But after watching the video above, you can see it’s gotten even more unnecessary.
Posted on IllinoisPolicy.org, here’s how the story reportedly went down:
Kevin Stover said his flight landed at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport at 9 p.m. Out of habit, he pulled out his phone and opened the Lyft app to hail a ride. But per Chicago rules, the app denied his request.
But once he was a considerable distance from the terminal, Stover was able to hail a ride and waited. While doing so, Stover said two plainclothes police officers approached him and asked what he was doing.
Stover said he gave curt responses, and when his ride pulled over a few yards ahead, he bid the officers goodnight. But the officers followed the car, put on flashing lights and pulled Stover over.
Stover recorded footage of the incident, which he posted to YouTube just a few days ago (and we posted at the top of this post). Despite begging the police officer to understand his situation, the 21-year-old Lyft driver had his car impounded.
“Sir, please,” he asked the out-of-uniform officer. “I am 21-years-old, I’m going to Depaul, I’m paying for school with this car.”
After hearing this cry for mercy, the police officer goes on to tell them both that because the passenger is recording him, he’s going to just impound the vehicle instead. He orders the men to get out of the car, at which point both are ordered to put their hands on the car and wait for the police transport vehicle to bring them to the police station.
On top of ignoring the college student’s vulnerable information, the police officer openly admits that he’s impounding the car solely because the passenger is recording him. Then, to top this all off, the police officers tried to cut a deal with Stover so that this video never went public.
“The video cuts out abruptly after another officer accessed Stover’s phone and stopped the recording. The viewer can briefly see the policeman’s face.
Stover was then allegedly offered a deal from the first officer: delete the video footage, and Stover and the driver could both go home. Stover refused. In turn, the three officers on the scene refused to let Stover retrieve his belongings from the trunk of the vehicle until they had arrived at the police department, according to Stover.”
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