According to the video's description, the officer approached the family claiming that there was a report of a stolen dog.
After a video of a case of mistaken identity went viral on Facebook, the Harris County Precinct 4 Constable's Office has launched an investigation to look into the incident. The five-minute video, which was posted by Clarence Evans, garnered over 21k shares and has been viewed by over 1.1M people.
His wife Kenya Evans began recording the video a minute after a police officer arrived at the Evans' home, where her husband Clarence was tossing a football with his 6-year-old son. According to the video's description, the officer approached the family claiming that there was a report of a stolen dog.
After the doubts about the stolen dog were cleared, the officer then moved to accuse Evans of being a fugitive who was wanted in Louisiana. The officer then grabbed Evans, which is incidentally where the video picks up.
The clip begins with the deputy holding Evans' right arm and telling him he has "an open warrant out of Louisiana." Evans clears the air by telling the officer that he has the wrong guy, and the officer challenges his claims, demanding Evans that he proves it.
According to Evans, the officer misidentified him as 'Reg' before the video began. In the clip, the officer yet again misidentifies Evans, calling him 'Quentin'. "You've already called me by three different names!" Evans can be heard yelling. "My name is not f*****g Quentin!"
At one point of the video, the officer tells Evans that he can walk with him to the patrol car to show him the picture of the fugitive, but Evans declines and refuses to go with him. As she was recording the incident Kenya Evans also repeatedly tells the officer that her husband is 'not Quentin'.
Soon, a second officer arrives at the scene and shows Evans a picture of the wanted criminal who looked nothing like him. "Doesn't that look like you?" asks the deputy, to which Evans angrily replies"No! That don't look like me! What the f--- is wrong with you?!" Evans responded. "You trying to say because I've got dreads, that's me?!"
Following the video's virality, Evans hired civil rights attorney U.A. Lewis who said that the only thing his client was guilty of was"being black while watching his kids."
As for the officer, Precinct 4 Constable Mark Herman told news outlets that his officers were doing their jobs in a calm manner. In a statement, Chief Deputy Donald Steward said: "The deputy was there on official business based on a report that a wanted fugitive was near the location. The deputies left when they determined that this man was not the suspect they were seeking."
Evans said that the photo f the fugitive that was shown to him had dreads, a beard as well as the same skin complexion but was much older. The misidentified man said that he did not show the officers his ID initially because 'it wouldn't have helped'.
When the deputies saw his ID, they left.