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Rodney Reese, 18, was arrested at 10:45 p.m. on February 16 in Plano and charged with being a pedestrian on the road.
Police said officers received a call about a black man seen stumbling in the middle of the snowy street in a short-sleeved shirt and were sent to conduct a wellness check.The Plano Police Department posted body camera footage of his encounter with Reese on Facebook on Friday.
In the video, the police are seen approaching Reese and repeatedly asking him where he is going and if he is okay, to which he replies that he is okay and on the way home.
They continue to follow him for two minutes and 17 seconds, before arresting him in an alley.
The charges against Reese were later dropped by Plano Police Chief Ed Drain, who said the arrest was inconsistent with why officers were called in to investigate in the first place.
Reese briefly resisting arrest, ‘calling out let me go’ as the officers instruct him to ‘relax’ and ‘stop resisting’
The fight continues for just over a minute before Reese is handcuffed.
The female officer asks where she lives, but Reese refuses to answer.
“If she’s not going to cooperate, take her to the car,” says the officer.
Reese is eventually placed in the back of a police patrol car and charged with being a pedestrian on the road, a misdemeanor.
According to the Police Department’s Facebook post, the arresting officer noted that Reese resisted arrest but chose not to charge him.
The high school student spent the night in jail.
“They just treated me like he was a criminal or something,” Reese told FOX4.
He told the network that he had been walking in the middle of the road because the sidewalk was covered in ice and snow.
The teenager explained that he continued to stay away from the officers because he did not need help.
“Just a simple meeting. A simple encounter. That’s why I tried to dodge it, so I could get home, I don’t know, “he said through tears.
According to the Police Department’s Facebook post, the arresting officer noted that Reese resisted arrest but chose not to charge him
Plano Police Chief Ed Drain told KDFW-TV that the charge was dropped against Reese because the arrest was not consistent with the reason officers were called in to investigate.
“They should have taken him home, that’s where he should have gone,” Drain said.
However, the chief backed his officers for keeping an eye on Reese in the first place.
“There is a lot of information 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.”
Drain also said that he doesn’t think race was a factor in the arrest, but added that he “can’t get into people’s heads or hearts.”
However, Reese said he believes the call that led officers to the scene and his subsequent arrest were based on the color of his skin.
“Just because I’m black, that’s all. It’s because I’m black, I fit one description. It hurts, man,” he said.
“I don’t think the call would have happened [if it wasn’t black]. Honestly, I really don’t.”