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Black Man Wrongfully Arrested By Nevada Police On A Warrant Intended For A White Man With The Same Name, Receives $90K Settlement

Black Man Wrongfully Arrested By Nevada Police On A Warrant Intended For A White Man With The Same Name Receives 90K Settlement

Two police departments in the Las Vegas region have resolved a federal lawsuit brought by a man who was arrested by police who thought he had an outstanding warrant. The lawsuit criticized the police for mistakenly believing he was another individual with the same name even though he had the wrong race and age.

Through his lawyer E. Brent Bryson, Shane Brown filed a federal lawsuit two years ago alleging that the Las Vegas Police Department had wrongfully imprisoned him for six days for offenses he had not committed. According to sources, the man reached settlements with Henderson police and the Clark County Detention Center totaling $90,000 over the mix-up.

Bryson claimed Brown earned $10,000 less than the maximum settlement allowed by state legislation. Bryson had originally sought $500,000 when he filed the complaint in the U.S. District Court of Nevada.

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The worst week of the young man’s life began when he was stopped for a traffic violation at 4:44 PM on January 8, 2020, according to 8 News Now.

I didn’t know what was going to happen to me, he continued, because it appeared from my point of view that they were certain I was this guy and a felon. No one would pay attention to me, and it appeared that they had their guy.

According to the lawsuit, Brown handed the officers his name, Social Security number, and Social Security card despite not having his Nevada state identification with him.

When the police searched for someone with the same name who had been accused of illegally possessing a firearm in Las Vegas, they discovered a felonious bench warrant. According to the warrant, Shane Brown failed to appear in court, which led the judge to order his detention without bond. Officers from HPD thought they had found their man.

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They were wrong.

Shane Brown is the first and last name of both of the men in question.

The man detained is an African-American with dark brown eyes, while the individual on the warrant is a white man with blue eyes. The individual who was detained was 25 years old and was born in 1996, whereas the man who was on the warrant was 49 years old and was born in 1971.

The older man is Shane Neal Brown, while the man who was pulled over for a relatively minor traffic infraction is Shane Lee Brown.

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I stopped you because you had no headlights at all, the officer says to the Black guy in a video obtained by 8 News, with the cops’ faces obscured by the city. Let me see your driver’s license, please.

I do have a warrant with you guys, but I have a court date tomorrow to take care of all that, Brown says to the officers. Along with telling them his license is suspended, he also plainly provides his whole name, including his middle name.

Brown is instructed to get out of his car by the officers since his license is expired, and they make him sit on the side of the road.

He has a court date tomorrow, so according to a separate officer, detaining him wouldn’t be justified given that. He said, “If he has court tomorrow, we don’t want to arrest him.” That would be foolish.

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A cop approached Brown a little while later and stated, “So, we had to figure some stuff out. You were taken into custody for a weapons-related offense.

“No wrong guy,” Brown is heard saying in the video. “I’ve been arrested, but everything I’ve been arrested for is traffic violations,” the younger man tells the officer, noting that all of his arrests have been related to his car.

Even though he insisted he had never been charged with a gun, the officers did not believe him, handcuffed him, and hauled him to jail.

“It comes back completely matching you,” one person stated. There is not much more we can do.

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The police body cam showed that despite Brown’s repeated requests, they would not verify his name. “My Social’s in there too if you want to check it out,” he begged them.

The HPD officers may be overheard discussing the ordeal.

If there was a mistake, the unnamed officer commented, “Whether it is or not, I phoned dispatch and it’s pinging off his Social.”

So, his colleague said, “What do we want to tell the jail?”

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The first cop said, “That he has a weapons charge,” and the choice was made.

Brown questioned, “As long as that warrant isn’t me, am I good to go? ” He is attempting to make sense of what is happening. That warrant for a felony?

The cop said, “Yes, but I’m almost 100; I don’t think; I’m very sure it’s going to be you,” in response to his inquiry.

The millennial spent two days in the Henderson Detention Center after being taken there. Before being taken before a judge in a Las Vegas court, he was then transported via bus to the Clark County Detention Center, where he reportedly spent an additional four days.

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According to the lawsuit, “Shane Lee Brown again explained to multiple unidentified LVMPD officers and supervisors that he was not the ‘Shane Brown’ named on the felony bench warrant at CCDC.”

The complaint added, “Despite being made aware of this misidentification, none of the unknown LVMPD police or LVMPD prison officers cared to check its own records to see if Shane Lee Brown was the target of the warrant.

Six days after the initial traffic stop, on Tuesday, January 14, 2020, only a public defender could make sense to the police.

At a return warrant hearing, the city’s assigned attorney informed Judge Joe Hardy that the police had the wrong Shane Brown in custody and had disregarded his client.

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We have a serious problem, in this case, she remarked. “The Shane Brown who is the defendant in our case is a 49-year-old Caucasian male with a different ID number.”

Brown was promptly released after Hardy recognized the erroneous identity.

The city spokeswoman issued a statement while HDP and the CCDC declined to comment on the situation.

Shane Brown was legally detained by Henderson police during a routine traffic stop for operating an unregistered car for both drivings while suspended and violating a Henderson Municipal Court summons for contempt of court and failing to pay.

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The representative reiterated the legitimacy of the arrest on Thursday, June 22 by bringing up his suspended license and stating, “While his arrest was lawful, we regret that he was misidentified in our system and have put measures in place and improved training procedures to prevent this from happening in the future.”

The individual who was actually guilty of the firearms allegation, Shane Neal Brown, was detained and imprisoned in San Bernardino County. On January 22, 2020, eight days following the release of the younger guy, the Las Vegas Municipal Police Department was informed of his whereabouts.

There were no public apologies given for the punitive mishap.

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