When officers in New York responded to a call in a shopping market about a possible shoplifters they immediately grabbed the first black person they encountered in the market. But the person they happened to apprehend happened to be a retired correctional officer of the state of New York.
Ronald Lanier, 53, accused two white officers of, physically and verbally abusing him when they mistakenly arrested him last week.
Mr. Lanier attest that when he was at the Mineola supermarket on November 30 officers snuck and without any warning grabbed him behind. Authorities of were allegedly looking for a shoplifter.
An emotional Lanier told the press last week that when confronted by officers he identified himself as law enforcement and cooperated with them to the fullest. But he was ridicule and treated harshly as he was being handcuffed.
“I’ve never been cursed, physically abused, beaten and treated like a slave as I was two days ago,” said a tearful Lanier.
Fred Brewington, Lanier’s representative, said that officers actions in how they handle his clients arrest is considered to be racial discrimination.
“They didn’t have a good description of who they were looking for. That doesn’t give you the right to go into a store and grab the first black person you see and throw them to the ground,” Brewington to the press. “The fact that he happened to be a black male in the store does not make him a culprit. It does not make him a suspect,” he adds.
After Lanier had spent close to a half hour inside of the back of a police cruiser, officers finally released him without any kind of an explanation nor an apology. Another person had been arrested for the crime.
Mr. Lanier say he plans to file a suit against the Department of Garden City Police.
“I’m tired of hearing officers constantly talking about we have to retrain. They don’t need to be retrained. They need to be held accountable for their actions,” he said.
According to to the Huffington Post Garden City Police spokesman refused to make comment.