A Texas deputy has gone viral after he tried to arrest a Black man after mistaking him for a wanted fugitive, despite being told several times that the suspect was not him.
Clarence Evans shared the video on Facebook of a white deputy telling him that he has an arrest warrant from Louisiana. The officer then grabs Evans in front of his Houston home and calls him "Quentin," the name of the fugitive.
Evans denied being the fugitive and repeatedly asked the deputy to show him a picture of the fugitive. He also refused to show his ID. Evans did not break any laws by refusing to show the officer identification.
In Texas, if law enforcement stops and asks someone who is not driving for identification, that person is not legally required to do so, according to the state American Civil Liberties Union chapter. They only have to identify themselves if they are arrested.
"My kids were out there watching," Evans told KTXH. "I don't want my son to have that memory of my dad being hauled off to jail, and I didn't do anything wrong."
Chief Deputy Donald Steward also gave a statement to KTRK-TV but issued no apology: "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," he said.
Precinct 4 Constable Mark Herman called Evans “uncooperative, vulgar-mouth citizen” who shouldn't mistreat officers.