Lake Villa Police Detective Esteban Gomez has been disciplined after a video went viral showing him detaining a group of teens leaving a pawn shop, shouting at them, and when asked why, answered: “because you’re white”.
“Detective Gomez admitted his words were poorly chosen and insensitive, and he immediately regretted what he had said,” Somerville said in a statement posted on the department’s Facebook page. “He will be assisting me with speaking to the parents and teens involved in this incident. I apologize to anyone who may have been offended by what is depicted on this video.”
The teen who posted it, Dezi Baczek, stated on Facebook: “Once again detective Gomez of the lake villa police dept. is discriminating us because we are “white”/ we had no drugs on us we where at the pawn shop and when we walked out we were yelled at to sit down …. Everything that happened from then on is in this video •SHARE• just wanna make it clear all of us sitting down did not do anything wrong we were with someone who got into trouble and we didn’t know anything about it till that point. Also I went to the shop to pawn something so my little brother could go and buy this book he has been wanting to get !!! (Only thing that had happened before I thought of recording was we had been told to sit down with out any reasoning)”