Die polisie wys die klag teen Swartman op, 18, gearresteer terwyl hy in Texas se sneeustorm geloop het

Polisie in Texas have dropped a misdemeanor charge against a Black man who was arrested last week while walking home during a sneeustorm.

Rodney Reese, 18, faced a charge of being a pedestrian in the roadway after he stopped by police in Plano. He was headed home after working at Walmart last Tuesday, verslae gesê.

There’s a lot of information that we know about this case that we didn’t know at the time. Those officers didn’t know his age. They didn’t know he was 18. They didn’t know he worked at Walmart. They didn’t know where he lived,” Plano Police Chief Ed Drain told FOX 4 of Dallas/Fort Worth.

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The department released bodycam footage of the incident op Vrydag, which said that officers responded to a welfare check after a caller reported a Black manwearing a short-sleeve shirt and shorts” was “stumblingas he walked down the road amid cold and icy conditions. Reese was found by officers wearing a T-shirt and pants.

Drain said the arrest wasn’t consistent with the welfare check, which was the reason officers were called out to investigate.

They should’ve taken him home, is where he should’ve gone,” hy het bygevoeg.

According to police, officers were concerned for his welfare amid the cold weather along with the possibility that he was ina mental crisis, delusional, or impaired,” so they followed him.

I’m on the way home. I’m straight,” Reese said in the body cam footage.

“Regso, but you’re walking in the middle of the road,” an officer responded.

Rodney Reese, 18, is captured on bodycam footage walking home before being arrested by police on Feb. 16

Rodney Reese, 18, is captured on bodycam footage walking home before being arrested by police on Feb. 16 (Plano Police Department)

I understand that. My bad,” Reese replied.

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Officers continued to follow Reese for roughly two minutes before they stopped to tell him they weredoing an investigation.

I don’t care. I’m going home,” Reese replied.

Officers then informed him that he was being detained, according to the bodycam footage. The arresting officer said that Reese resisted arrest, but officers chose not to change him, volgens die departement.

They just treated me like I was a criminal or something,” Reese said in an interview with JAKKALS 4. “Just a simple encounter. A simple encounter. That’s why I tried to dodge it, so I could make it home, I don’t know.

Reese said he believes he was arrested because he is Black. Drain said he doesn’t believe race was a factor in the arrest.

But I can’t get inside people’s hearts, I can’t get inside people’s heads,” het die hoofman bygevoeg.

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