Three charged after traffic stop turns violent

Three known gang members from the south suburbs face a list of criminal charges after one allegedly fought with police and another allegedly tried to incite a riot during a routine traffic stop last week.

Maurice Lanier, 27, of Broadview; Carlton Polk, 31, of Lynwood; and Tauraun Lanier, 39, of Broadview, were arrested outside Wharton Elementary School in the 7500 block of West 64th Street in Summit, a release from the Cook County Sheriff’s office said.

All three are convicted felons and known members of the Gangster Disciples, according to the sheriff’s office, and though the area is a designated “Safe School Zone,” it is a known area for gang crimes and narcotics trafficking.

Polk and Tauraun Lanier were in a parked vehicle near the school on Aug. 10 when passing officers from the sheriff’s Gang Unit and Summit police smelled marijuana, the release said. The officers were patrolling as part of a new suburban gang crimes initiative partnering sheriff’s police with local authorities.

When the two officers approached the parked vehicle, Tauraun Lanier got out and was taken into custody without incident. Polk, who is 6-foot-6 and 330 pounds, attempted to flee, and when police approached, he began fighting. The scuffle led police to use pepper spray to subdue Polk, who was then handcuffed, the release said.

At that time, Maurice Lanier came out from a nearby house and, with one hand under his shirt, told the officers, “I’ll kill you” if they didn’t let the two go free.

When police drew their weapons and ordered him to the ground, he kept his hand hidden and told police “shoot me,” according to the release.

He then began inciting people in nearby houses to come out, and a large crowd began gathering near the officers. They approached Lanier and he attempted to flee, but was detained and, after a brief struggle, taken into custody.

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