Gun charge dropped against South Side state rep. allegedly cuffed to bench for 6 hours

State Rep. Curtis Tarver II was charged in November with failing to surrender a concealed carry license when officers found him with a gun during a Woodlawn traffic stop.

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Illinois state Rep. Curtis J. Tarver II, 25th District

Illinois state Rep. Curtis J. Tarver II, 25th District

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A misdemeanor gun charge against a South Side state representative has been dropped because prosecutors did not have enough evidence to continue with the case.

Curtis Tarver II, D-25th, was charged in November with failing to surrender a concealed carry license when officers found him with a gun during a Woodlawn traffic stop.

The charge was dropped Aug. 4., as first reported by Politico.

Tarver said in November the charge stemmed from a “clerical error” by the police.

“After a review, we concluded that the evidence was insufficient to meet our burden of proof to move forward with the prosecution,” Cook County state’s attorney’s office spokeswoman Tandra Simonton said in an emailed statement.

Tarver, whose district stretches from Kenwood to the East Side, claimed he was pulled over by six squad cars and handcuffed to a bench for nearly seven hours until authorities learned his job title, he said in a statement.

Tarver said he presented his CCL to police, but that CPD’s records incorrectly listed the license as expired.

In an interview, Tarver said the incident made him think “this could happen to anyone in our district.”

Tarver, who is a lawyer, said he was denied a phone call for several hours until his sister arrived after she heard from someone else about the arrest.

“That can’t be the standard,” Tarver said.

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