Police near Dallas admitted On Monday, they had no excuse for arresting a black teenager who was walking home in the snow and did not commit a crime.
Plan police officers were called on Feb. 16 to check the well-being of a man walking in the icy cold in a short-sleeved shirt around 10:47 p.m. local time, the department said.
In police camera footage posted on Facebook, officers approached the person, who was later identified as high school student Rodney Reese, and asked if he needed a ride because the mercury was moving around 18 degrees.
Reese, 18, explained that he was going home after a shift at Walmart and that he did not need help.
“No, I’m fine,” could be heard speaking on the recording. “I do that every night. I’m heterosexual.”
Officers told him he was walking down the street, and Reese logged out.
Still, officers asked him to stop walking and answer more questions. The teenager did not get engaged.
“We’re doing an investigation,” the man on the tape could be heard saying.
“I don’t care,” Reese replied. “I’m going home!”
“You are officially in custody,” the man said.
Moments later, Reese stops and handcuffs her.
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The cops didn’t have enough evidence to take Reese away and detain him overnight for a pedestrian misdemeanor report, Plano Police Chief Ed Drain said in a statement.
“Our police officers were on a social welfare call. The arrest was not in line with the reason the officers were there to provide assistance, “Drain said.” So we dropped the charges. “
“That night, he probably called groceries for the wives or families of those cops,” Rachel Brown said. “He worked a late shift and was rewarded with nights in jail. It eats at me from the inside out.”
Reese said he did the right thing that night. Asked why he didn’t spend more time talking to police, Reese said, “I wanted to go home. That’s why.”
“Young blacks like me, we are afraid of the police because they are killing and arresting us,” he continued. “That’s why I didn’t want to answer the question, I just wanted to go home.”
The department said Chief Drain “launched an administrative investigation to assess our policies and procedures.”
But it was not clear in the department’s statement whether the police officers involved were disciplined or deployed. A department spokesman referred the matter to the Plano Police Association, but it was not possible to reach union representatives immediately for comment on Tuesday.
Mayor Harry LaRosiliere said he hoped “this incident highlights the opportunity for the” police and black community “to move forward in a constructive way” through “communication and dialogue”.