Charges against a 18-year-old black man, Rodney Reese have been dropped. He was taken into custody last week for trekking home during the latest Texas’ snowstorm. This arrest took place in Plano on 16th February.
Police revealed that a call came in reporting a black man stumbling in the mid-way of a stormy street, and were told to conduct a wellness check.
Reese revealed that he was on his way home from work and refused to stop when the officers confronted him because he didn’t request their help. These officers kept following Reese for 2 minutes. They then revealed to him that they were conducting an investigation and told him they were detaining him.
Reese said “no” and kept walking, but the officers stopped him again. The arresting officer revealed that although Reese resisted arrest, he won’t be charging him.
Ed Drain, who is the Plano Police Chief, revealed that the charges were dropped because the arrest didn’tgo in line with the reason why the officers were contacted to examine. He said:
They should’ve taken him home, is where he should’ve goneEd Drain.
Drain also supported his officers for the arrest, revealing that as at when the arrest took place, they had no idea of Reese’s age, his place of residence, or his working place.
Drain also said he doubts race was used as a factor during the arrest, but also said he doesn’t know what exactly these officers were thinking.
Reese however believes that the call to the police that led to his arrest has to do with his skin color.