Police near Dallas admitted Monday that they had no reason to arrest a black teenager who was returning to the snow and had not committed a crime.
Plano police officers were called on February 16 to check the well-being of a man walking in the cold cold in a short-sleeved shirt around 10:47 p.m. Local time, the department said.
In footage from the body cameras posted on Facebook, officials approached the man, later identified as a Rodney Reese graduate, and asked if he needed to travel because the mercury was moving around 18 degrees.
“No, I’m fine,” he could be heard telling the footage. “I do this every night. I’m right.”
Police told him he was walking down the street, and Reese apologized.
Still, the staff asked him to stop walking and answer more questions. The teenager does not commit.
“We’re investigating,” said a man telling the footage.
“I don’t care,” Reese replied. “I’m going home!”
“You are officially detained,” said the male officer.
Moments later, Reese was stopped in handcuffs.
Police do not have enough evidence to detain Reese and hold him overnight on charges of violating a pedestrian on the roadway, Plano Police Chief Ed Drain said in a statement.
“Our officers were on call for social assistance. The arrest did not match the reason the police were there to help, “Drane said.” That’s why we dropped the charges. “
During a news conference Monday, Reese’s mother said her son worked late, serving customers who needed provisions during last week’s winter storm, NBC’s Dallas-Fort Worth reported.
“In the evening, he called for groceries for some of the officers or the families of these officers,” Rachel Brown said. “He worked a late shift and was rewarded with a night in jail. For me, it eats me inside.”
Reese said he did the right thing tonight. Asked why he didn’t spend more time talking to police, Reese said, “I wanted to go home. That’s why.”
“Young black men like me, we are afraid of the police because we are being killed and arrested,” he continued. “That’s why I didn’t want to answer a question, I wanted to go home.”
The department said Chief Drane “has launched an administrative investigation to evaluate our policies and procedures.”
But the department’s statement did not say whether the employees involved had been punished or reassigned. A department spokesman referred the matter to the Plano Police Association, but a union representative could not be found immediately for comment on Tuesday.
Mayor Harry LaRosiliere said he hoped “this incident highlights an opportunity for the police and the black community to” move forward constructively “with” communication and dialogue “.