Lawrence Township Deputy Constable Daryl Jones demanded to see the drivers licence of two men in their car after claiming they were ‘suspicious’
Aaron Blackwell and Durell Cunningham recorded their interaction with the officer Jones who was moonlighting as a security officer confronting them outside Nordstrom Rack on the north side of Indianapolis
The officer is heard shouting: ‘Get your driver’s license out now or I will lock you up’
When one of the men says he has no right to see their ID without cause, Jones shouts: ‘I’ve got my rights to do anything that I want to do, I’m a police officer’
Officer Jones called for backup, but an Indianapolis Metro police officer who responded let the men go saying he didn’t believe any traffic infraction had been committed
Blackwell and Cunningham who are black, claim the white officer was racially profiling them
Lawrence Township fired Jones after seeing the video, Nordstrom reportedly also let the officer go
The situation was diffused when an Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Officer came on the scene to calm and end the situation telling the two men: ‘As far as I’m concerned, you guys are good to go’
It took an Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Officer to calm and end the situation telling them: ‘As far as I’m concerned, you guys are good to go’.
The IMPD cop pulls Jones to one side and asks if the men had shoplifted.
‘No, they didn’t steal items,’ the man can be heard telling the officer.
‘They bought a bunch of stuff, but when they were sitting right here I was trying to get their license plate and he hollers out the window, “You’re not getting my plate,” and he takes off.’
The men then explain the situation to the IMPD officer as Jones returns to his car, and the new cop says that he does not believe there was a traffic infraction.
He also confirms that the men were not required to hand over their IDs, as Jones did not appear to have reasonable suspicion that a crime had taken place.
The cop says on the video: ‘Based on what happened I don’t think either of us have reasonable suspicion to believe there’s a crime taken place, so there’s no reason for a traffic stop.
‘So there’s no legal requirement for you to identify yourself to an officer at that point, and if you don’t want to give him ID you don’t have to give him ID.’
This store in Indianapolis where Durell Cunningham and Aaron Blackwell claim they racially profiled against by a now-fired security guard and police officer
‘I just feel violated from my rights and how he went about the situation, it wasn’t professional,’ Cunningham told WRTV.
Lawrence Township Chief Constable Terry Burns fired Jones shortly after viewing the video of the encounter.
Burns told RTV6: ‘He was terminated last night when the video was brought to my attention. I did see the video and made the decision immediately and that pretty speaks of my reaction.’
Burns, an officer for about 20 years, had reportedly also been working for security for Nordstrom. The store reportedly told Blackwell they had also let the officer go from his security duties.
Lawrence Township Constable Terry Burns said the man was terminated from his position as a deputy constable Wednesday evening after Burns learned about the video.
“He was terminated last night when the video was brought to my attention. I did see the video and made the decision immediately and that pretty speaks of my reaction,” Burns said.
Burns said the deputy constable had been working security for Nordstrom Rack earlier this week, but he was unsure if he was on that job Tuesday afternoon.
Blackwell said Nordstrom contacted him after he posted the video on YouTube and reached out to their loss prevention supervisor. He says they informed him they had also let the security guard in the video go.