Police near Dallas admitted Monday that they had no reason to arrest a black teenager who went home in the snow and did not commit a crime.
According to the department, Plano police were required to conduct welfare inspections on a man wearing a short-sleeved shirt walking in the cold on February 16.
In the body shots posted by the police on Facebook, the officer reported to the person who was later identified as Rodney Reese, a high school student, and asked if he needed to take a car because the mercury was hovering around 18 degrees.
He can be heard saying in the video: “No, I am fine. I do this every night. I am straight.”
The officer told him that he was walking on the street, and Reese apologized.
Despite this, the police officer still asked him to stop walking and answer more questions. The teenagers did not participate.
“We are investigating,” a male police officer may be heard in the video.
Reese replied, “I don’t care. I’m going home!”
The male officer said: “You are officially detained.”
After a while, Reese stopped the shackles.
Plano Police Chief Ed Drain said in a statement that the officer did not have enough evidence to detain Reese and imprison him overnight on petty pedestrian charges.
“Our officials are calling the welfare number. Drain said: “The reason for this arrest is not consistent with the officials’ assistance at the scene. So we dropped the prosecution. “
According to the National Broadcasting Corporation Dallas-Fort Worth report, at a press conference on Monday, Reese’s mother said that her son worked late to provide services to customers who needed supplies during the winter storm last week.
Rachel Brown said: “That night, he might buy groceries for the wives of those officers or some people in the family.” “He worked late and he was sentenced to jail for one night. For me, it made me I am full.”
Reese said he behaved normally that night. When asked why he didn’t spend more time talking with the police, Reese said: “I want to go home. That’s why.”
He continued: “Young black people like me, we are afraid of the police because they killed and arrested us.” “That’s why I don’t want to answer questions, I want to go home.”
The department stated that the head of drainage “has begun an administrative investigation to evaluate our policies and procedures.”
However, the department statement did not clearly state whether the relevant personnel were subject to disciplinary action or transferred. A department spokesperson referred these questions to the Plano Police Association, but the union representative could not be immediately contacted for comment on Tuesday.
Mayor Harry LaRosiliere stated that he hopes that “this incident highlights the opportunity for the police and the black community to “advance constructively” through communication and dialogue.