Was Basim Esmail, the liquor store owner who orchestrated the Napergate series of newspaper ads in the 1990s, unfairly targeted for arrest and harassment by Naperville police in 2006?
By Ted Slowik
Accounts by his friends who were with him the night he was arrested were posted on a previous thread. Now, because that thread was getting clogged with comments and because bloggers want Napergate on Potluck's home page, we continue the discussion here.
I'm offering this opinion, which I posted on the previous thread, so we know exactly where to pick up the dialogue:
I've been re-reading Bob's incredible post from Friday and I've had a breakthrough. I believe the reason Basim was mistreated that night can be found here in Bob's own words:
13. Basim then made a comment. His exact words were, "I believe that Chief David Dial would allow discretion in this kind of case."
My theory is that these words enraged the sergeant, who probably thought Basim was threatening him in a way, by invoking the name of the chief. Even if that wasn't Basim's intention, I believe that's probably how the sergeant interpreted the remark. And the sergeant figured something like, "I'll show this guy who's in charge of this situation."
And because police officers are within their rights to exercise discretion in such situations, that's probably why Basim was mistreated the way he was. And why Debbie, in her post from 3:36 p.m. today, was treated in an entirely different fashion even though she was in a nearly identical situation. She didn't invoke the name of the chief during a traffic stop, a big no-no, in my opinion.
That's what I think is the reason Basim was treated the way he was that fateful night. The sergeant thought he was mouthing off to him.
What do you think?