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.
An 18-year old black man — Rodney Reese — was walking home from work at @Walmart during #TexasFreeze when @PlanoPoliceDept officers charged him with “Pedestrian in the Roadway”, Tuesday. He spent the night in jail. I’m speaking with him — and the Chief of Police, tonight. @FOX4 pic.twitter.com/g6f02okXM1
— David Sentendrey (@DavidSFOX4) February 21, 2021
ICYMI: Charge dropped for 18-year old Rodney Reese — arrested for walking along a street while coming home from work during #TexasFreeze. Nearly to his mom’s house — but spent the night in jail. Below is the first half of my report. FULL REPORT HERE: https://t.co/hxzQjS2Djl @FOX4 pic.twitter.com/h54wUiXJeB
— David Sentendrey (@DavidSFOX4) February 22, 2021
A reporter from Fox4, David Sentendrey, spoke to Reese about the disturbing incident.
HIS OWN WORDS: I gave Rodney Reese (18) — who was arrested for walking along the street during a snow storm, last week — an open mic as our interview closed. “It hurts, man. You don’t know if you’re going to make it back home.” FULL STORY: https://t.co/hxzQjS2Djl @FOX4 pic.twitter.com/9WjkSV6XFk
— David Sentendrey (@DavidSFOX4) February 23, 2021
Plano Police Chief Ed Drain explains why the charge was dropped.
ICYMI: @PlanoPoliceDept Chief Ed Drain speaks of dropping a “Pedestrian in the Roadway” charge against Rodney Reese. The teen was arrested while walking home from work during #TexasFreeze. “I can understand why our community is upset…” @FOX4 FULL STORY: https://t.co/I2bJ7Z3bsM pic.twitter.com/73Dug69wmT
— David Sentendrey (@DavidSFOX4) February 24, 2021
The Plano Police Department released a lengthy statement Monday on its Facebook page.