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Black Walmart worker arrested after being stopped for walking in the snow in Texas

Added 02-23-21 11:11:02am EST - “Rodney Reese says that since George Floyd killing, he gets nervous when interacting with law enforcement officials” - News.yahoo.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From News.yahoo.com: “Black Walmart worker arrested after being stopped for walking in the snow in Texas”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Police in Texas arrested an 18-year-old Walmart worker as he walked home in the snow in the middle of the road to avoid the icy sidewalks. Black teenager Rodney Reese was arrested at 10.45pm on 16 February in Plano just north of Dallas in northeastern Texas after police were called to the scene to check on a man stumbling in the snow, only wearing a T-shirt in the cold.

Police followed Mr Reese for over two minutes, asking him multiple times where he was going. Mr Reese said he was walking home from Walmart where he had worked that day. He said that since the killing of George Floyd, he gets nervous when he interacts with law enforcement officials.

Mr Reese was handcuffed after declining to tell police say his name or where he lived. He said he thought the arrest was motivated by his race.

He told FOX 4: "Just ‘cause I’m Black, that’s it. It’s ‘cause I’m Black, I fit a description. It hurts, man. I don’t even think the call would’ve happened [if I wasn't Black]. Honestly, I really don’t."

The charges were later dropped. Plano Police Chief Ed Drain said that the arrest didn't comply with why officers were sent to the scene.

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