Dressed in his Subway uniform, Deonte Lynn had just gotten off work and was walking down the street on his way to return a Redbox movie when he was confronted by an Alabama cop who didn’t like the way he was walking.
At least that’s what the cop said, but Lynn believes he was stopped because he is black.
And it certainly seems that way because the cop was unable to articulate a reasonable suspicion that he had committed a crime.
Not that the cop would let that minor detail stop him from detaining Lynn for 30 minutes after frisking him and threatening to take him to jail.
The cop was from the Pleasant Grove Police Department, which patrols a city of about 10,000 whose motto is “The Good Neighbor City,” but city mottos, many times, are not put into practice.
The video starts out with the cop pulling out his notepad and pen, telling Lynn, “you either give me your ID or you give me your information, one of the two.”
Lynn is complaining about being stopped, telling the cop that he just got off work, that he was only walking across the street.
The cop, meanwhile, is calling for backup.
“I’m going to give you just a little bit before you go to jail,” the cop tells him twice.
“You stopped and told me, ‘don’t walk like that’ and I said, ‘ok,'” Lynn tells the cop.
“No, I said, get on across the road,” the cop responds. “You’re about to enter a (standstill?).”
“When you told me that, I was already at the gas station,” Lynn says.
The cop then says he was walking along side the edge of the road. Lynn says he was doing so because there is no sidewalk.
“Why you stop me?” Lynn asks.
“I can come out and talk to you anytime I want to,” the cop says.
“You’re not telling me why you fucking stopped me,” Lynn says.
“I don’t care. At this point, I’ll tell you why you’re going to jail,” the cop says.
But the cop never tells him.
Instead, he just orders him to place his hands against the car.
“I’m going to check you for any weapons,” the cop says. “Put your hands against the car right now.”
And from there, the video ends with Lynn complying with the cop’s demands.
In the comments section of his video, Lynn says he was detained for 30 minutes before he was released.
Call the Pleasant Grove Police Department at (205) 744-1735 or leave a comment on their Facebook page.