November 20, 2018
A Tennessee journalist was recently arrested for documenting what he described as an act of racial bias at a shopping mall. He is facing a misdemeanor citation for the incident. A local police deputy allegedly claimed that he was breaking the mall’s rules by filming an incident concerning two young men wearing hooded sweatshirts. The mall later released a statement that it does not permit its customers to wear clothing that can conceal their identities. It is unclear if the journalist has begun criminal defense preparations.
According to the accused man, a police officer who may have been acting as a mall security guard was following the two young men through the mall. He had apparently asked them several times to remove their hoodies, which the mall has a policy against customers wearing. When they refused, they were escorted from the property.
Upon their return, the two young men were greeted by multiple local police officers, who threatened to arrest both of them if they did not leave. The journalist’s video then shows one of the officers arrest a young man who was not wearing the hood of his sweatshirt over his head. Another officer then approached the journalist and instructed him to stop filming or face an arrest. However, the journalist says he was handcuffed before he even had a chance to respond.
While Tennessee police officers play an important role in keeping people safe, some defendants may understandably feel as if their arrests were unjust. In such cases, early action regarding various criminal defense options is essential. In doing so, defendants can typically find the most appropriate course of action for achieving the best possible outcome.
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