An Indianapolis man intends to take legal action after he was profiled, assaulted, and arrested by police while working on his car in the parking lot of the apartment complex where he lives.
A security guard, James Reynolds, approached Jaquon Dean while he was sitting in his car on Saturday and asked if he lived there.
Dean told him he did live there, and he says Reynolds knew that he lived there.
“He’s there every day so he knows I live there,” Dean said.
RTV6 confirmed that Dean was a resident of the apartment complex where he was abused by police.
The guard, wearing police clothing, demanded to know Dean’s name, and called in back up when Dean refused to answer questions, saying multiple times over the radio he had someone who “wants to be difficult, he wants to do it the hard way.”
Dean told Reynolds he has not committed a crime and, “In order for there to be a crime, there has to be an injured party.”
When Southport Police Department officers arrived, things got physical, with Dean being pulled out of his car and assaulted even though he did nothing wrong.
Dean’s phone is knocked from his hand as officers throw him around, then Reynolds can be seen looking down before intentionally stomping on the phone.
Dean filmed the interaction with the officers:
Dean says he lost feeling in one of his hands from what police did to him.
“I have no feeling in my hand,” Dean said.
Dean was arrested and charged with resisting arrest and refusing to identify.
Indiana Law requires people to show ID if an officer believes you committed a crime. The problem here of course is that Dean did not commit a crime and therefore did not have to show ID according to the law.
“If you’re just sitting in your car you don’t have to show your ID,” Dean said.
RTV6 provided this guide from the ACLU of Indiana:
ACLU of Indiana Police Stop Guide
- You have the right to remain silent. If you wish to exercise that right, say so out loud.
- You have the right to refuse to consent to a search of yourself, your car or your home.
- If you are not under arrest, you have the right to calmly leave.
- You have the right to a lawyer if you are arrested. Ask for one immediately.
- Regardless of your immigration or citizenship status, you have constitutional rights.
- Do stay calm and be polite.
- Do not interfere with or obstruct the police.
- Do not lie or give false documents.
- Do prepare yourself and your family in case you are arrested.
- Do remember the details of the encounter.
- Do file a written complaint or call your local ACLU if you feel your rights have been violated.
Reynolds would not comment, citing the ongoing investigation. In 2013, he was terminated from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.