Charges Dropped Against Black Teen Arrested While Walking on Roadway During Texas Winter Storm

Charges Dropped Against Black Teen Arrested While Walking on Roadway During Texas Winter Storm

Rodney Reese Black Teen Texas
Rodney Reese (Image: Screenshot)

Charges have been dropped against a Black teenager who was walking along a roadway during the recent Texas winter storm, while a police department is investigating the actions of the police officers involved in detaining the 18-year-old.

According to Fox 4 News, Rodney Reese spent a night in jail after being arrested by police officers who claimed they were called to perform a welfare check. Reese was detained as he was walking home from work during last week’s winter weather.

Police said a concerned person called the police department stating that a Black male wearing a short-sleeve shirt was stumbling along the icy conditions. The call was dispatched to the police officers as a welfare check.

A reporter from Fox4, David Sentendrey, spoke to Reese about the disturbing incident.

Plano Police Chief Ed Drain explains why the charge was dropped.

The Plano Police Department released a lengthy statement Monday on its Facebook page.

“The officers were called out to check on the man’s safety. Residents reported he was walking on the street in sub-freezing temperatures, wearing a short-sleeved shirt with no jacket. The intent was to check on his well-being and to ensure he made it to his destination safely. Regrettably, what started as a welfare check, ended in an arrest. Chief Drain acknowledged, “Our officers were on a welfare call. The arrest wasn’t consistent with the reason officers were there, to provide assistance. Therefore we dropped the charges.”
“We respect and trust our police officers and at the same time expect the highest level of professionalism,” said Mayor Harry LaRosiliere. This incident highlights an opportunity for us and the entire community to realize we all can do better in strengthening the relationship between Police and the African-American community. We are committed to understanding what we could have done better and how we can move forward in a constructive manner. Communication and dialogue is important and we look forward to better outcomes in the future. “