Are white suburban kids above the law?
Robert C. McAlister, 21, of the 14400 block of Wooded Path Lane in Orland Park, was charged with battery, resisting a police officer and theft of services after refusing to pay for a taxi cab ride from downtown Chicago, police said.
The cabbie called police on April 15 around 2 a.m. regarding an intoxicated man who had fallen asleep in his backseat and refused to get up. Police said McAlister became belligerent when they woke him, and he started cursing and flashing his middle finger.
He was tackled to the ground after placing both of his hands on an officer’s chest and then continued to struggle against being handcuffed, police said.
Police said they found $2 cash and no credit cards to pay his $78 cab fare in his wallet.
In lockup, McAlister accused police of ruining his life and then told them he was just a “white suburban kid, and not some thug who deserves to be arrested,” according to the report. He also said he wished the officers had just beaten him up and left him there, police said.
McAlister did not explain to police why he was driven to the 16300 block of 65th Avenue in Tinley Park when he lives in Orland Park.
He was turned over to paramedics, who inspected a scratch on his head and later driven to for making suicidal threats, police said.