Texas Man Stands Up To Police Officer Who Attempts To Arrest Him And Misidentifies Him Three Times
"You've already called me by three different names!" Clarence Evans yelled. "My name is not f**king Quentin!"
An online video of a Texas man successfully defending himself against a police officer who misidentified him as a fugitive has gone viral.
ABC 13 reports Clarence Evans shared a video of the incident that occurred on his Houston family's front lawn. The video, recorded by his wife Kenya Evans on May 8, has garnered over 21,000 shares and 15,000 comments.
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In the video, a Harris County Precinct 4 Constable, identified as Deputy Garrett Lindley, is seen holding the father's right arm at the start.
"I’m outside with my son and daughter watching them play when this racist a** constable from precinct 4 pulls up in front of my house and tells me someone called in about my dog being stolen," Evans wrote on Facebook.
KHOU-TV reports a tip was sent to the police just moments prior to the event. The tip indicated that a wanted man from Louisiana was seen in the neighborhood.
"I tell him that’s impossible [because] I have his paperwork plus I have a chip in him," said Evans, who resides in Texas. "He then asked for ID and I politely tell him 'no.'"
By Texas law, unless the person has already been rightfully arrested, a failure to identify is not a punishable offense.
In response, Lindley can be heard instructing the man to put his hands behind his back, referring to him as "Reg" and "Quentin" several times in the recording.
"I have never in my life went by that name," Evans wrote. "Then he tells I have a felony warrant out in Louisiana."
"Let's just see the ID and we'll be done," the deputy said repeatedly, while still referring to the man by different names.
"You've already called me by three different names!" Evans yells. "My name is not f****g Quentin!"
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Kenya reiterates the same message to the officer, stating that her husband is "not Quentin."
"Who are you looking for?" she asked.
Finally, when a backup officer arrived, he retrieved the deputy's phone from his car to show them the picture of the man he believes is Evans, 2 Houston reports.
"[H]e shows me a picture of a Black man in his 50s with dreds," he later explained on the social platform. "So, clearly this mf just saw a Black man with dreds and think we all look alike."
Kenya and her husband negated any resemblance between him and the fugitive before the officer released Evans from his grip and received a mouthful for violating his rights. The officers left after viewing Evans' identification.
"I just felt violated," Evans told reporters. "Actually, I thought it was a joke at first. I thought it was a prank or something."
"I thought I was going to lose my husband," Kenya expressed. "[I thought the deputy was going to] shoot him. That's what happens in today's society. Cops shoot Black people."
Precinct Four Chief Deputy Donald Steward released a statement on the incident, declaring that his officers were not in the wrong.
"The deputy was there on official business based on a report that a wanted fugitive was near the location," Steward said. "The deputies left when they determined that this man was not the suspect they were seeking."
Evans wants Lindley to lose his job so that there aren't officers out on the street "profiling people." He hired U.A. Lewis, a civil rights attorney, and is considering to file a lawsuit.
The Harris County Police are currently investigating the incident.
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