Police in Texas arrested an 18-year-old Walmart employee as he walked home within the snow in the midst of the street to keep away from the icy sidewalks. Black teenager Rodney Reese was arrested at 10.45pm on 16 February in Plano simply north of Dallas in northeastern Texas after police had been referred to as to the scene to verify on a person stumbling within the snow, solely carrying a T-shirt within the chilly.
Police adopted Mr Reese for over two minutes, asking him a number of instances the place he was going. Mr Reese mentioned he was strolling home from Walmart the place he had labored that day. He mentioned that for the reason that killing of George Floyd, he will get nervous when he interacts with legislation enforcement officers.
Mr Reese was handcuffed after declining to inform police say his title or the place he lived. He mentioned he thought the arrest was motivated by his race.
He informed FOX 4: “Just ‘cause I’m Black, that’s it. It’s ‘cause I’m Black, I fit a description. It hurts, man. I don’t even think the call would’ve happened [if I wasn’t Black]. Honestly, I really don’t.”
The costs had been later dropped. Plano Police Chief Ed Drain mentioned that the arrest did not adjust to why officers had been despatched to the scene.
Living a number of blocks away from his office, Mr Reese informed officers: “I’m on the way home. I’m straight.” In the bodycam footage launched by the police division, an officer will be heard responding: “Alright, but you’re walking in the middle of the road,” an officer mentioned.
“I understand that. My bad,” Reese mentioned.
Mr Reese spent the night time in jail, later telling FOX 4: “They just treated me like I was a criminal or something.”
He mentioned he walked on the street to keep away from the ice and snow to the facet of it, and that he continued to stroll because the officers spoke to him as a result of he did not want any assist.
“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,” he mentioned.
Chief Drain backed up his officers for checking on Mr Reese regardless of the dropped costs.
He mentioned: “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.”
But Mr Drain additionally thought it was fallacious to convey Mr Reese to jail, saying: “They should’ve taken him home, is where he should’ve gone.”
Mr Drain mentioned he did not imagine race had something to do with it, however he additionally mentioned that “I can’t get inside people’s hearts, I can’t get inside people’s heads”.