Charge Dropped Against Black Teen Walking On Icy Texas Street
Written by Black Voices on February 23, 2021
PLANO, Texas (AP) — A misdemeanor cost has been dropped in opposition to a Black man who was arrested final week for strolling house on a avenue throughout a snowstorm in Texas.
Rodney Reese, 18, was arrested Feb. 16 in Plano and charged with being a pedestrian within the roadway, information retailers reported.
Police mentioned officers acquired a name a couple of Black man seen stumbling alongside in the midst of the snowy avenue sporting a short-sleeved shirt and have been despatched to carry out a wellness verify.
Police launched physique digicam footage of the encounter on Fb on Friday. Within the video, police are seen following Reese and repeatedly asking him the place he’s going and if he was OK, to which he replies that he’s tremendous and he’s on his approach house.
Reese advised KDFW-TV that he was strolling house from his job at a Walmart and didn’t cease for the officers as a result of he didn’t want their assist.
Officers continued to comply with Reese for about two minutes earlier than stopping him, telling him they have been “doing an investigation” and informing him that he was being detained.
Reese replied “no” and continued strolling, however was stopped once more. Within the video, a short scuffle is seen as officers tried to handcuff Reese, who could be heard asking to be launched.
Based on the Fb submit, the arresting officer famous that Reese resisted arrest however selected to not cost him.
Plano Police Chief Ed Drain advised KDFW-TV that the cost was dropped in opposition to Reese as a result of the arrest wasn’t in step with why officers have been referred to as to research.
“They need to’ve taken him house, is the place he ought to’ve gone,” Drain mentioned.
Drain backed his officers, stating that on the time of the arrest they didn’t know Reese’s age, the place he labored or the place he lived.
Drain additionally mentioned he doesn’t imagine race was an element within the arrest, however added that he “can’t get inside individuals’s heads.”
Reese mentioned, nevertheless, that he believes the decision that introduced officers to the scene and his subsequent arrest have been based mostly on the colour of his pores and skin.
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