Black family in Dallas held at gunpoint after police typed in the wrong license plate

Black family in Dallas held at gunpoint after police typed in the wrong license plate
Earlier this month, after accidentally entering the wrong license plate number for a family's automobile into their system, police in Frisco, Texas detained the family's son and held a Black couple at gunpoint.

The event happened on July 23 while the family was traveling to a basketball tournament on the Dallas North Tollway. Officers misinformed their system that the car's license plate was from Arizona when they ran it. According to a statement from the Frisco Police Department, the family's automobile really had an Arkansas license plate, which caused the system to alert the authorities that it was stolen.

An cop is seen holding the family at gunpoint in body camera footage. The driver was instructed to exit the vehicle, turn away from the cops, lift up her shirt while spinning to reveal her waistband, and walk backwards when the family was told to show their hands.

According to body cam evidence from another office, the woman repeatedly told authorities the automobile belonged to her and even reiterated that she is from Arkansas, not Arizona. As she watched officers handcuff her son, the woman's concerns grew.

She pleaded, "Please don't let them do that to my baby, this is very traumatic." "Why is my infant restrained? What do you all have to say? Do not handle my child in this manner.

Officers admitted their error to the family after realizing it.

One of the youngsters in the car was told by an officer, "This was an honest mistake. While speaking to the parents, another person admitted fault: "That's on me."

In a later statement from the agency, Frisco Police Chief David Shilson admitted, "We made a mistake." Our department won't try to cover up its errors; instead, we'll use them to improve.

David Henderson, a civil rights lawyer, told The Dallas Morning News that he thinks the officers targeted the family and went against their constitutional rights.

"In cases I've seen involving people of color who have a license to carry, the police change drastically in terms of how they deal with them as soon as they alert them to the fact that they have a weapon," he added.

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