A Texas deputy tried to arrest a black man after mistaking him for a wanted fugitive, a viral video of alleged racial profiling shows.
In the Facebook video shared last week by Clarence Evans, a white deputy says he has an arrest warrant from Louisiana. In the five-minute-long clip shared over 20,000 times as of Wednesday night, the law enforcement officer grabs Evans in front of his Houston home and calls him “Quentin,” the name of the fugitive.
Evans repeatedly asks the Harris County Precinct 4 constable deputy to show him a picture of the fugitive while refusing to show his ID.
“My kids were out there watching,” Evans later told local station KTXH. “I don’t want my son to have that memory of my dad being hauled off to jail and I didn’t do anything wrong.”
“You don’t know my name, so how can you tell me I have a warrant in Louisiana?” Evans asks the deputy in the video
If Texas law enforcement stops and asks someone who is not driving for identification, that person is not legally required to do so, according to the state American Civil Liberties Union chapter. A person who is not driving only has to identify themselves if they are arrested.
As the confrontation continues, another deputy arrives, bringing a phone with a picture of the suspect. After the first deputy shows the photo, Evans shouts, “What are you trying to say? I look like him because I got dreads and I’m black?”
The second deputy glances at the photo, then separates the first deputy and Evans, who can be heard saying he wants to file a report on the incident.
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“I get it, I get it,” the second deputy says as he tries to calm Evans.
The video ends with Evans asking the woman recording the video to get the fugitive’s photo. According to Evans’ post, the photo showed a black man in his 50s with dreadlocks. The suspect is at least 20 years older, he told KTXH.
“Now I see how unarmed innocent black men get shot down by cops,” Evans wrote, noting he had been watching his son and daughter play outside before the deputy parked in front of his house.
Evans has since hired an attorney, local station KTRK-TV reported, but law enforcement said he has not filed a complaint with the department.
Precinct 4 Constable Mark Herman told KTXH the deputy went to Evans’ house because someone else reported Evans was a wanted man. Herman described Evans to the station as an “uncooperative, vulgar-mouth citizen” who shouldn’t mistreat officers.
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Chief Deputy Donald Steward also gave a statement to KTRK-TV: “The deputy was there on official business based on a report that a wanted fugitive was near the location. The deputies left when they determined that this man was not the suspect they were seeking.”
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