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Texas cops arrest black high schooler, 18, for walking in middle road to avoid the icy sidewalks - as he made his way home from shift at Walmart in just a t-shirt

Reese, who is in high school, told FOX4 that he had been walking home from his job at Walmart and didn’t stop for the officers because he didn’t need their help

  • Rodney Reese, 18, was arrested at 10:45pm on February 16 in Plano and charged with being a pedestrian in the roadway
  • Officers had been dispatched to conduct a welfare check on Reese, after receiving a call regarding a black man stumbling in the snow in a t-shirt
  • Police followed Reese for two minutes and 17 second, repeatedly asking him 'where he was going', to which Reese told them he was 'going home'
  • Reese was walking home from a shift at Walmart and said after the police killing of George Floyd, interactions with law enforcement make him nervous
  • When Reese refuses to disclose his name or where he lives, the officers tell him 'we're doing an investigation' before placing him in handcuffs
  • The high schooler said he believes the incident was motivated by race According to the Police Department's Facebook post, the arresting officer noted that Reese resisted arrest but chose not to charge him (pictured above is Reese's charging sheet)

A black high schooler was arrested in Texas last week for walking home in the middle of a street during a snowstorm as he attempted to avoid ice-covered sidewalks. 

Rodney Reese, 18, was arrested at 10:45pm on February 16, in Plano, and charged with being a pedestrian in the roadway.

Police said officers received a call about a black man seen stumbling along in the middle of the snowy street wearing a short-sleeved shirt and were sent to perform a wellness check.

The Plano Police Department released body camera footage of their encounter with Reese on Facebook on Friday.

In the video, police are seen approaching Reese and repeatedly asking him where he is going and if he’s okay, to which he replies that his is fine and on his way home.

They continue to follow him for two minutes and 17 seconds, before arresting him in an alleyway.

The charges against Reese were later dropped by Plano Police Chief Ed Drain, who said the arrest wasn't consistent with why officers were called to investigate in the first place.

‘Just ‘cause I’m black, that’s it. It’s cause I’m black, I fit a description. It hurts, man,’ Reese said. ‘I don’t even think the call would’ve happened [if I wasn't black]. Honestly, I really don’t'

Rodney Reese (above), 18, was arrested at 10:45pm on February 16 in Plano and charged with being a pedestrian in the roadway. He became emotional (left) as he discussed how they made him feel like a criminal for trying to get home from work in the snow

Rodney Reese, 18, was arrested at 10:45pm on February 16 in Plano and charged with being a pedestrian in the roadway

The Plano Police Department released body camera footage of their encounter with Reese on Facebook on Friday. In the video, police are seen approaching Reese and repeatedly asking him where he is going and if he’s okay, to which he replies that his is fine and on his way home 

They continue to follow him for two minutes and 17 seconds, before arresting him in an alleyway

They continue to follow him for two minutes and 17 seconds, before arresting him in an alleyway 


Police arrest teen for walking in street during snowy conditions

Reese, who is in high school, told FOX4 that he had been walking home from his job at Walmart and didn’t stop for the officers because he didn’t need their help.

The teen also said that following the police killing of George Floyd in Minnesota last year, interactions with law enforcement make him nervous.

In the footage, a female officer can be heard calling out to Reese, ‘Hey man, you trying to get home? Are you trying to get home?’

The teen responds: 'I’m on the way home, I’m straight’.

‘Alright, but you’re walking in the middle of the road,’ the officer says.

Reese replies that he understands that, adding ‘my bad’.

For 137 seconds, the officers continue to follow Reese, who grows more frustrated the longer the encounter goes on.

On numerous occasions, Reese states to officers he is going home, though they repeatedly ask him where he's going.

Around a minute and 10 seconds into the encounter, Reese asks ‘What do y’all want?’ as he turns down an alleyway with the officers following in tow.

‘We’re just trying to figure out where you’re going,’ the female officer responds.

Reese replies: ‘Home. I just said.’

Reese, who is in high school, told FOX4 that he had been walking home from his job at Walmart and didn’t stop for the officers because he didn’t need their help

Reese, who is in high school, told FOX4 that he had been walking home from his job at Walmart and didn’t stop for the officers because he didn’t need their help

On numerous occasions, Reese states to officers he is going home, though they repeatedly ask him where they’re going

On numerous occasions, Reese states to officers he is going home, though they repeatedly ask him where they’re going

The female officer then asks if Reese would like them just to give him a ride home.

‘No, I’m good. I do this like every night, literally,’ Reese says.

The officer then asks him if he’s cold, and asks him what his name is, to which Reese responds, ‘I don’t know.’

She then asks Reese to ‘stop for a minute’ so the officers can talk to him.

Reese asks them to go away, and tells the officer ‘please don’t touch me.’

‘Ma’am, don’t touch me,’ Reese reiterates as the female officer moves closer to him, obstructing his path.

A male officer then calls out that they’re ‘doing an investigation’, to which Reese replies: ‘For what? I’m going home.’

The male officer tells the teen, ‘you are officially detained’.

Reese replies ‘no’, and attempts to walk away from the officers but is stopped.

The teen said that following the police killing of George Floyd, interactions with law enforcement make him nervous

The teen said that following the police killing of George Floyd, interactions with law enforcement make him nervous

‘Just ‘cause I’m black, that’s it. It’s cause I’m black, I fit a description. It hurts, man,’ Reese said. ‘I don’t even think the call would’ve happened [if I wasn't black]. Honestly, I really don’t'

‘Just ‘cause I’m black, that’s it. It’s cause I’m black, I fit a description. It hurts, man,’ Reese said. ‘I don’t even think the call would’ve happened [if I wasn't black]. Honestly, I really don’t'

The footage shows Reese briefly resisting arrest, ‘calling out let me go’ as the officers instruct him to ‘relax’ and ‘stop resisting’.

The scuffle continues for just over a minute before Reese is handcuffed.

The female officer asks him where he lives, but Reese refuses to respond.

‘If he’s not going to cooperate, walk him to the car,’ the male officer says.

Reese is eventually placed in the back of a police cruiser and charged with being a pedestrian in the road way, a misdemeanor offense.

According to the Police Department's Facebook post, the arresting officer noted that Reese resisted arrest but chose not to charge him.

The high schooler spent the night in jail.

‘They just treated me like I 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 side walk was covered in ice and snow.

The teen explained that he continued to walk away from the officers because he didn’t need help.

‘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 tearfully said.

Reese is eventually placed in the back of a police cruiser and charged with being a pedestrian in the road way, a misdemeanor offense

Reese is eventually placed in the back of a police cruiser and charged with being a pedestrian in the road way, a misdemeanor offense

The charges against Reese were later then dropped by Plano Police Chief Ed Drain, who said the arrest wasn't consistent with why officers were called to investigate in the first place

The charges against Reese were later then dropped by Plano Police Chief Ed Drain, who said the arrest wasn't consistent with why officers were called to investigate in the first place

According to the Police Department's Facebook post, the arresting officer noted that Reese resisted arrest but chose not to charge him (pictured above is Reese's charging sheet)

According to the Police Department's Facebook post, the arresting officer noted that Reese resisted arrest but chose not to charge him (pictured above is Reese's charging sheet)

Plano Police Chief Ed Drain told KDFW-TV that the charge was dropped against Reese because the arrest wasn't consistent with why officers were called to investigate.

‘They should’ve taken him home, is where he should've gone,’ Drain said.

The chief did however back his officers for checking in on Reese in the first place.

‘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.’

Drain also said he doesn't believe race was a factor in the arrest, but added that he ‘can’t get inside people’s heads or hearts.’

Reese said, however, that he believes the call that brought officers to the scene and his subsequent arrest were based on the color of his skin.

‘Just ‘cause I’m black, that’s it. It’s cause I’m black, I fit a description. It hurts, man,’ he said.

‘I don’t even think the call would’ve happened [if I wasn't black]. Honestly, I really don’t.’

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Comment by Jessy on March 4, 2021 at 3:00pm

Dylann Roof got taken to McDonalds because he did the cops job for them.   He got rewarded.  They probably whispered to him inside that police car 'Way to go young man!  Here's a burger for you!  Join the club!'  He was a hero to them.

Comment by Jessy on March 4, 2021 at 2:54pm

Elijah McClain got treated like a criminal when he was just trying to come home from a store.    Cops treat innocent black folks like criminals!   It's like modern day slave catching.   It's like they are trying to meet their monthly quota also!   

A friend of mine told me many years ago, that a cop wanted to arrest him for no reason, just to meet his monthly quota!   So our loss have to be THEIR gain!   I see.  

Comment by mr1stroke on February 22, 2021 at 7:09pm

Jeffrey L Donovan and guess what black folks prayed and forgave f***** ass roof but dont see anything wrong with that cop, unless Blm address the issue the community dont care, its just news, thats why white people dont respect black people they are week

Comment by Jeffrey L Donovan on February 22, 2021 at 5:04pm

The officer could have taken the youth home as Mr1stroke have said. And imagine the cops took Dylann Storm Roof to McDonalds after he shot and killed 9 people at a  church bible study.

Comment by mr1stroke on February 22, 2021 at 3:25pm

Another boring f***** with a badge, since many of you believe in good cops, why didnt he offer him a ride? And dont telling me about the n***** nonsense talk, if he was white that would not happened, damn it we already know that, im sick and tired of negros saying the same dumb s*** in 2021, get to the point

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