Texas Police Tried To Arrest A Black Man In His Own Yard After Misidentifying Him

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<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="In a now-viral video, a law enforcement officer tried to arrest Houston resident Clarence Evans in his own front yard after mistaking him for a different black man who allegedly had a warrant out for his arrest.” data-reactid=”9″>In a now-viral video, a law enforcement officer tried to arrest Houston resident Clarence Evans in his own front yard after mistaking him for a different black man who allegedly had a warrant out for his arrest.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Evans uploaded the video of the incident to social media on May 8, saying the officer had pulled up to his house as he was watching his kids play. ” data-reactid=”10″>Evans uploaded the video of the incident to social media on May 8, saying the officer had pulled up to his house as he was watching his kids play.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="The video ― which now has more than 1 million views on Facebook and 4.5 million views on Twitter ― shows a deputy, who is white, holding Evans’ arm behind his back and repeatedly calling him by a different name, saying there is a warrant out for his arrest in Louisiana. ” data-reactid=”11″>The video ― which now has more than 1 million views on Facebook and 4.5 million views on Twitter ― shows a deputy, who is white, holding Evans’ arm behind his back and repeatedly calling him by a different name, saying there is a warrant out for his arrest in Louisiana.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="“For what?” Evans can be heard asking. “You don’t know my name, so how can you tell me I have a warrant in Louisiana?”” data-reactid=”12″>“For what?” Evans can be heard asking. “You don’t know my name, so how can you tell me I have a warrant in Louisiana?”

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="At one point, the officer calls him “Quentin.” ” data-reactid=”13″>At one point, the officer calls him “Quentin.”

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="“My name is not Quentin!” Evans insists. As the officer asks Evans to show him identification, Evans refuses.&nbsp;” data-reactid=”14″>“My name is not Quentin!” Evans insists. As the officer asks Evans to show him identification, Evans refuses. 

“No, I’m not gonna be the next [black person] you kill, no!” Evans says, later adding: “I’m not gonna let you put me in handcuffs … You’re in my yard, on my property.”

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="“Sir, I don’t want you touching me while you’re shaking, you need to step back and calm down,” Evans adds. ” data-reactid=”16″>“Sir, I don’t want you touching me while you’re shaking, you need to step back and calm down,” Evans adds.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Another officer later pulls up in a car and gets the first officer’s phone out of his vehicle, and they show Evans a picture of the man they’re allegedly looking for. ” data-reactid=”17″>Another officer later pulls up in a car and gets the first officer’s phone out of his vehicle, and they show Evans a picture of the man they’re allegedly looking for.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="“Doesn’t that look a lot like you?” the first officer says. ” data-reactid=”18″>“Doesn’t that look a lot like you?” the first officer says.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="“No, that don’t look like me!” Evans responds. In his video caption, Evans explains that the officer had shown him a photo of a black man with dreadlocks who appeared to be in his 50s. ” data-reactid=”19″>“No, that don’t look like me!” Evans responds. In his video caption, Evans explains that the officer had shown him a photo of a black man with dreadlocks who appeared to be in his 50s.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="“What are you trying to say, because I got dreads and I’m black, that’s me?”” data-reactid=”20″>“What are you trying to say, because I got dreads and I’m black, that’s me?”

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Eventually, the officer says he’ll be filing a report and both officers leave.” data-reactid=”21″>Eventually, the officer says he’ll be filing a report and both officers leave.

Harris County Precinct 4 Constable Mark Herman told HuffPost the deputy had been responding to a call about a wanted fugitive out of Louisiana.  

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="“Our deputy responded, he saw a gentleman that fit the description, a black man with dreadlocks, so he approached,” Herman said, later noting: “This was a call for police service.” ” data-reactid=”25″>“Our deputy responded, he saw a gentleman that fit the description, a black man with dreadlocks, so he approached,” Herman said, later noting: “This was a call for police service.”

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="“They’re trying to make it appear it’s a profiling case, that we’re profiling black people and all that, which is totally ludicrous and not true,” Herman added. He said the officers left after “the guy turned out to just be a gentleman in his front yard.”” data-reactid=”26″>“They’re trying to make it appear it’s a profiling case, that we’re profiling black people and all that, which is totally ludicrous and not true,” Herman added. He said the officers left after “the guy turned out to just be a gentleman in his front yard.”

Herman said there is an ongoing criminal investigation into the incident — later clarifying that it’s not the officer who is being investigated.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="The constable said Evans&nbsp;had “failed to cooperate” and “failed to identify himself to a police officer,” but that he didn’t think there would ultimately be charges against him.” data-reactid=”28″>The constable said Evans had “failed to cooperate” and “failed to identify himself to a police officer,” but that he didn’t think there would ultimately be charges against him.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Herman added that the investigation was not looking into the officer because the department had received no formal complaint about his actions.” data-reactid=”29″>Herman added that the investigation was not looking into the officer because the department had received no formal complaint about his actions.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="“Our guys backed away, they could have arrested him,” Herman said, referring to Evans. “I’m happy the way it turned out ― they didn’t get in an altercation with this guy, with his attitude.”&nbsp;” data-reactid=”30″>“Our guys backed away, they could have arrested him,” Herman said, referring to Evans. “I’m happy the way it turned out ― they didn’t get in an altercation with this guy, with his attitude.” 

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Police interactions with black people in the U.S. are disproportionately likely to end in excessive force or death. One 2016 study found that black people were 2.8 times more likely than their white peers to be killed in encounters with police.” data-reactid=”31″>Police interactions with black people in the U.S. are disproportionately likely to end in excessive force or death. One 2016 study found that black people were 2.8 times more likely than their white peers to be killed in encounters with police.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Among the high-profile police shootings of unarmed black people in recent years is the case of&nbsp;Tamir Rice, who was 12 years old in 2014 when he was playing with a toy gun in Cleveland. After a man called the police, cops shot Tamir dead within seconds of arriving at the scene. And in Sacramento, California, last year, police shot&nbsp;22-year-old Stephon Clark&nbsp;dead in his own backyard after they responded to calls of someone breaking car windows. Officers said they thought Clark was holding a gun. It was a cellphone.” data-reactid=”32″>Among the high-profile police shootings of unarmed black people in recent years is the case of Tamir Rice, who was 12 years old in 2014 when he was playing with a toy gun in Cleveland. After a man called the police, cops shot Tamir dead within seconds of arriving at the scene. And in Sacramento, California, last year, police shot 22-year-old Stephon Clark dead in his own backyard after they responded to calls of someone breaking car windows. Officers said they thought Clark was holding a gun. It was a cellphone.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="“I’m so pissed right now,” Evans wrote in the&nbsp;Facebook post&nbsp;sharing the video. “I’ve always been the one to say all cops aren’t bad but this racist mf just proved me wrong.”” data-reactid=”33″>“I’m so pissed right now,” Evans wrote in the Facebook post sharing the video. “I’ve always been the one to say all cops aren’t bad but this racist mf just proved me wrong.”