Edward Belcher, a 29 year old black man who have a Roosevelt Road address in Chicago to police was charged with misdemeanor theft and obstructing a police officer but his penchant for holding onto the front of his pants could have resulted in a much worse outcome.
Belcher was observed by a patrol car as he walked along Cicero Avenue. At 109th Street, with the officer observing what he deemed to be suspicious conduct, Belcher allegedly stole a kid’s bicycle from a bike rack in the 4900 block of 109th Street and began riding. The six foot tall man then started riding the kid sized bike.
When the officer asked Belcher if the bike was his own, he allegedly admitted that it was not but he kept riding. Eventually, he began walking away, according to the police, who said that they ordered him to stop.
The officer told Belcher that he was under arrest and Belcher allegedly replied, “for what I didn’t do shit”.
The officer reported that Belcher continued to hold the front of his waistband with one hand and the officer believed that Belcher may be armed. The officer told Belcher to put his hands on the squad and keep the hands away from his body. Belcher allegedly, replied, “I didn’t do shit, why are you treating me like an animal?”
Despite holding his waistband until he put them on the squad car, Belcher did not have a weapon. Luckily, while the officer had reason to believe there may be a weapon he didn’t taser Belcher or shoot him believing that there was a weapon.
Belcher was charged with misdemeanor theft and obstructing a police officer.