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Charges dropped against Black teen arrested for walking in middle of icy street in Texas

Domingo Ramirez Jr., Fort Worth Star-Telegram on

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Reese lives with his mother and he was just a few blocks away from home.

The teen repeatedly told Plano police that he was fine, but officers continued to follow him for a few minutes, according to video of the incident.

"Dude, stop we are trying to help you," Plano police said in the body camera video released on the department's Facebook over the weekend.

"I'm trying to get home," Reese said.

"All right, but you're walking in the middle of the road," an officer said.

"I understand that. My bad," Reese said.

Reese later told KDFW-TV he was walking in the middle of the road because the sidewalk was covered in ice and snow.

"Are you cold?" an officer asked.

"No. I'm not," the teen answered.

 

"Do you want us to give you a ride?" a police officer asked.

"No. I do this every night," Reese said.

In the video, the teen kept walking away from Plano police until an officer said he was being detained.

"Let me go," Reese said as he was being handcuffed.

Plano police said the teen resisted their efforts to handcuff him.

The arresting officer noted in his arrest report that although the teen committed the Class B misdemeanor offense of interference with public duties by resisting officers' efforts to detain and handcuff him, the officers decided to seek to charge him only with pedestrian in the roadway, a Class C misdemeanor.

The Plano police chief said he backed his officers for checking on the teen.

"They should've taken him home, is where he should've gone," the police chief said.

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