Wisconsin Woman Mistakenly Arrested While Waiting for Applebee’s Job Interview
Robin Anderson, 20, was just sitting in her car waiting for a job interview at a Applebees restaurant in Glendale, Wisconsin when suddenly a police squad car slammed into her driver’s side door.
An officer then smashed her passenger side window, pointing a gun at her.
Robin, who is a black woman has now filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging she was a victim of racial profiling. The suit names the City of Glendale, Officer William Schieffer and Detective Adam Wall as defendants.
Ebony.com reports that on December 20, 2017 Robin had a job interview set up with Applebees. Like any good job candidate Robin arrived early for the interview before the restaurant opened. Robin patiently waited in an adjacent cell phone store parking lot.
Officers from the Glendale Police Department had recently responded to several robberies at the cell phone store in the days prior to their encounter with Anderson.
So when cops saw Anderson sitting in her vehicle at the empty cell phone store parking lot, they moved in hard thinking she was a robbery suspect. Police had been told to be on the lookout for four African-American males in a black Hyundai Elantra. The notice also listed specific license plate numbers.
Anderson just so happened to be sitting in a Hyundai. An officer recklessly and dangerously drove his police cruiser into the driver door of Anderson's vehicle. Officer's then smashed her passenger window as they pointed guns at her.
The police ordered her to crawl over the broken glass and out of the car, where they arrested her.
Anderson’s car was a different model Hyundai than the robbery vehicle description, and her license plate didn’t match the suspect vehicle.
Police say it was a case of mistaken identity. They reportedly apologized for the incident and paid for repairs to the window of Anderson's car, but didn't pay for the dents to be repaired.
> “The only thing Anderson had in common with the thieves is that she is also African-American,”
the suit claims.
Since the incident, Anderson has suffered panic attacks, shaking and crying every time she sees an officer or squad car.
Anderson is represented by attorney Mark Thomsen of Gingras, Cates & Wachs Law Firm.