View Full Version : 'Because you’re white': Lake Villa detective disciplined for remarks

11-29-2017, 03:36 PM
Lake Villa detective has been disciplined for "behavior unbecoming an officer" after telling one member of a group of teenagers outside a local pawn shop that he was being detained because he is white, the police chief said Tuesday.

The officer, Detective Esteban Gomez, was conducting a theft investigation and ordered a group of five teenagers to sit down on the curb outside the business, Police Chief Craig Somerville said.

The News-Sun was unable to reach Gomez for comment on Tuesday.

A video of the exchange was posted to Facebook Monday afternoon by one of the teens involved.

At one point in the video, one of the teens is heard asking why he was being detained and whether it was because he is a teen or because he wears baggy pants. On the video, the officer, who was walking away at the time, turns and says, "Because you're white."


11-29-2017, 03:47 PM
Just say it's the baggy pants. Everyone over 45 understands. So do most judges and people who work with juvenile delinquents.