Patriots’ Elandon Roberts Harrassed By Police Outside His Own Home
Patriots’ Elandon Roberts said he was harassed by police officers outside of his own home following a traffic stop back in March.
Newly released dashcam Footage captured the moment an officer from the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Department in Texas pulled Roberts over for a speeding violation in front of his home.
“I haven’t even begun the traffic stop,” the cop can be heard saying in the video. “The big black man who was driving got out of the car. I told him to get back in. He wouldn’t comply. I had to yell at him pretty hard to comply.”
Elandon had got out of his car and notified the officer that he was outside his own home.
“Unfortunately, these types of things are happening all too often to African Americans,” Roberts told USA TODAY Sports. “People are becoming desensitized to them. Being harassed in your own yard simply because you are a ‘big black man’ should never become the norm. To the person being harassed, it is frightening, disrespectful and embarrassing.
The officer failed to tell him what his offense was until 9 minuites after he was pulled over. His wife even got out of the home to see what was going on, but, the cop threatened to arrest her too.
Roberts later sent a complaint to the department but the investigation was quickly closed after an internal investigation. Roberts’ attorney Jennine Hovell-Cox said she asked the district attorney’s office to investigate, but the district attorney sent her back to internal affairs.
The footage shows that Elandon was obeying the officer’s instructions and records show that a citation was never filed.
“The citation was never processed by the sheriff’s department and sent for filing with the court,” said Hovell-Cox. “We believe that once the dashcam footage was seen by Deputy Watkins’ supervisors and realizing who Elandon is, a decision was made to halt everything. Elandon started receiving phone calls from the sheriff’s office a few hours after the ‘stop,’ apologizing and telling him that the ticket was being ‘dismissed.’ ”