INDIANAPOLIS -- An Indianapolis man is planning to take legal action after he says he was profiled, then assaulted, by a security officer outside his own apartment.
Jaquon Dean was sitting in his car outside his northwest side apartment Saturday when, he says, a security officer approached asking if he lived there. Dean says the officer demanded to know his name and called in backup when Dean declined to answer his questions.
“He’s there every day so he knows I live there,” Dean said.
Dean filmed his interaction with the officer, James Reynolds, who identified himself as a courtesy officer for the complex.
Reynolds runs a security company, Reynolds Security Consulting Corp., out of Plainfield and is also a reserve officer for the town of Sheridan. He’s currently running as a Republican candidate for Hendricks County Council.
The confrontation turned physical when two assisting officers from the Southport Police Department arrived.
Dean says he suffered a nerve injury during the altercation.
“I have no feeling in my hand,” Dean said.
Dean was taken into custody and charged with resisting arrest and refusing to identify. Under Indiana law, when an officer believes you’ve committed a crime and you refuse to show ID, you’re committing another crime. But Dean says he wasn’t doing anything criminal in the first place.
“If you’re just sitting in your car you don’t have to show your ID,” Dean said.
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.
RTV6 reached out to Reynolds, who said he couldn’t comment on an ongoing investigation. Call 6 Investigates was able to confirm that Reynolds was terminated from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office in 2013.
RTV6 confirmed that Dean is a resident of the apartment complex where the incident took place. As of Wednesday evening, the property management company in charge of the complex had not responded to RTV6’s requests for comment.
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