Charge dropped against Black man walking on icy Texas street

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PLANO, Texas (AP) — A misdemeanor charge has been dropped against a Black man who was arrested last week for walking home on a street during a snowstorm in Texas.

Eighteen-year-old Rodney Reese was arrested Feb. 16 in Plano and charged with being a pedestrian in the roadway.

Plano police said officers were performing a wellness check on Reese after they received a call about a Black man seen stumbling on the snowy roadway clad in a short-sleeved shirt.

Body camera footage shows officers following Reese for about two minutes before arresting him.

Plano Police Chief Ed Drain told KDFW-TV that the charge was dropped because the arrest wasn’t consistent with what officers were called to investigate.

Drain says the arrest wasn’t racially motivated but Reese disagrees.

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