Jaquon Dean was arrested by Indiana police officers after being accused of loitering outside of his own apartment complex.
While working on his car in the building’s parking lot, a uniformed officer approached Dean asking for his identification. Dean began recording shortly after the officer accused him of loitering.
“How am I loitering if I live on this property?’ Dean asked “You don’t know if I’m fixing my car; if I’m waiting to leave or not. So why is you walking up saying I’m loitering?”
“Do you know the definition of loitering?” Officer James Reynolds responded. “Get on Google right now and look up the definition of the word.”
A second officer then approaches the vehicle, with Dean asking to see his badge number. The officer did so, telling him, “You can film me all you want. I really don’t give a sh*t.”
After repeatedly asking officers what crime he committed that warranted him being questioned, they then proceed to pull him out of the vehicle by force.
In Indianapolis, Indiana
Black brother, Malcolm Evans, was working on his car in his own apartment complex when a white cop approached him and accused him of loitering. Two cops were called for back up and the brother was arrested.
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Dean was arrested for resisting arrest and refusing to identify, the latter being an Indiana law requiring a person to give their name, address and date of birth to, “a law enforcement officer who has stopped the person for an infraction or ordinance violation,” according to Find Law.
The Root reports Indiana Law also requires those reasonably suspected of a crime to identify themselves. Refusing to do so, under Indiana loitering code, gives police reasonable suspicion to believe a suspect may have violated the loitering law. However, the law only applies to loitering in public areas, such as a street, highway or alley.
Dean was also correct in questioning if Reynolds was a legitimate officer, as it turns out he isn’t. “Officer” Reynolds runs a security company, Reynolds Security Consulting Corp., out of Plainfield and is also a reserve officer for the town of Sheridan,” according to RTV.
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