Rodney Reese Wiki
Rodney Reese spent a night in prison after being arrested for being on the street while walking home from work in icy conditions during the winter of last week.
Plano’s police chief said he dropped the charge against Reese because the police did not obey the officers summoned to investigate. The 18-year-old was stopped by Plano PD officers while walking home from work at WalMart in the winter on Tuesday, February 16.
Police said that a worried black man in a short-sleeved T-shirt was stumbling in icy conditions was calling someone. It was sent to civil servants as 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
Reese lives with her mother down the street where she works just blocks away.
She repeatedly told the officers she was fine.
“I’m going home. I’m right,” Reese said, posting the police body camera footage.
“Well, but you’re walking in the middle of the road,” said an officer.
“I understand that. It’s my fault,” Reese replied.
However, the officers continued to follow him for two minutes and 17 seconds before he was handcuffed to his wrists.
Reese was arrested for walking down the street. The official charge was a pedestrian on the roadway.
The high school student spent the night in prison.
In an interview with FOX 4, Reese said, “They treated me like I was a criminal or something.”
She was walking along the street because the area next to her was covered with ice and snow.
Reese said that she went away because she didn’t need help.
“It’s just a simple encounter. It’s a simple encounter. So I tried to get through it so I can go home, I don’t know,” she explained.
Friends and loved ones said he was just a good boy, had a clean record, and was scared.
“I know the boy’s character. I know the boy’s demeanor,” Ozell Graham said.
Plano Police Chief Ed Drain supports his officers to control Reese.
“There is a lot of information about this case that we didn’t know at the time. These officers didn’t know his age. They didn’t know he was 18 years old. They didn’t know he was working at WalMart. They didn’t know where he lived,” Drain said. Still, he said the arrest was not consistent with the reason the officers went there, it was for a welfare check.
So he drops the blame against Reese.
“They should have taken him home, where he was supposed to go,” Drain added.
The police department will determine whether an internal investigation is required.
Chief Drain doesn’t believe race is a factor in the arrest.
“But I can’t get into people’s hearts, I can’t get inside people’s heads,” he added.
As for Reese, she believes the only reason for her arrest is her race.
“Just because I’m Black, that’s it.” Because I’m Black, I fit a definition. It hurts, mate, ”he said. To be honest, I really didn’t. ”
Plano police said that Reese resisted the arrest, but did not make this charge.