Clarence Evans Biography
The Harris County Precinct 4 Constable’s Office is investigating a case of mistaken identity that went viral on Facebook.
The five-minute video posted by Clarence Evans, recorded by his wife, Kenya Evans, has been shared more than 20,000 times and has garnered more than 15,000 comments.
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Clarence Evans is mistaken for a fugitive by a deputy
Clarence Evans, a Texas man mistaken for a fugitive by a deputy while he was playing in the yard with his children, posted a video of the confrontation on Facebook and has hired a civil right attorney.
Evans was throwing a football with his young son when Deputy Garrett Lindley from Harris County Precinct 4 approached the house and began questioning Evans about a stolen dog. He then accuses Evans of being a suspect in a case in Louisiana.
In the video recorded by Evans’ wife, you can hear Deputy Lindley call Evans by a different name while Evans repeatedly says, “I’m not Quentin.” Lindley is holding Evans’ arm throughout the exchange. Evans can also be heard accusing the deputy of thinking that all black men with dreadlocks look the same. After a second deputy arrived and they verified that Evans was not the man they were looking for, the officers left.
The cop keeps referring to him as Quentin. His name is Clarence Evans. He saw a Black man with loca and off of a picture on his phone started harassing Mr. Evans in his own driveway. Mr. Evans is right to be upset and it is a blessing nothing worse happened. https://t.co/ACkyu8SfSl
— Freeborn Black Woman First of Her Name ? (@TheWayWithAnoa) May 14, 2019
Evans wrote on social media that he had been concerned about the confrontation becoming violent. He added, “I’ve always been the one to say all cops aren’t bad but this racist mf just proved me wrong.” Video of the incident has been shared on Facebook more than 21,000 times.
Precinct 4 has come to Deputy Lindley’s defense. Chief Deputy Donald Steward told KTRK-TV, “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.”
*Warning: The videos embedded below include profane language.
Evans Tells the Deputies They Need to Leave His Yard After They Determine That Evans is Not the Man They Were Looking For
A second deputy arrived at the home to assist. He pulled out his cellphone and showed a picture of the fugitive. At 3:40 into the video, Deputy Lindley says, “Doesn’t that look a lot like you?.”
Evans angrily exclaimed, “No that doesn’t look like me! What the f*ck is wrong with you? What you trying to say, because I got dreads and I’m black, that’s me?” His wife can be heard calling for calm. Evans later told KPRC-TV that the man shown in the picture appeared older than him, perhaps in his 50s or 60s, and balder.
Racist cop tries to arrest Clarence Evans at his home in front of his wife and children, saying he had a warrant from another state.
The cop had a picture of a different Black man with dreds.
Had the nerve to tell the Black man to “calm down” & refused to apologize. pic.twitter.com/6AmrHXC5Ud
— Bishop Talbert Swan (@TalbertSwan) May 15, 2019
Evans does appear to hand over his identification around 4:00 into the video. You can see Deputy Lindley look at it and hand it back a few seconds later. Evans yells at them to leave his yard as Lindley says he’ll need to do a report on the situation. As they walk away, Evans yells that Lindley “needs to get somebody here who’s over you because you just made the biggest f*cking mistake.”
Joe Grimaldi, the president of Houston Police Officers’ Union, told KHOU-TV that Evans should have complied with the request to see identification. He dismissed the accusation that racial profiling was a factor in the situation.
Clarence Evans Hired a Civil Rights Attorney & They Are Considering Filing a Lawsuit or a Formal Complaint
Clarence Evans and his family are working with the Lewis Law Group to determine next steps. They have not yet filed a formal complaint with Precinct 4. They may file a lawsuit.
Attorney U.A. Lewis told KPRC-TV that Evans was targeted for “being black while watching his kids.”
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The law firm also pointed out that Lindley used to work for the Houston Police Department but had been fired.