WUSA9 reported that Samir Ahmed, a 23-year-old good Samaritan, was arrested after finding his neighbor drunk and sleeping on a lawn.
Ahmed helped the intoxicated person into the house but when he came back outside he found himself surrounded by the police that mistakenly thought he was the intoxicated one.
The officers put Ahmed up against a car claiming they smelled marijuana. While Ahmed was being held, neighbors came out and began filming the incident.
During the 18-minute video, the crowd and police go back and forth with bystanders challenging the police.
Eventually, Ahmed was taken in and charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. He was also fined for a small amount of cannabis.
You can see the full video below.
People on Facebook were angry at what they saw.
They weren’t any happier over on Twitter.
"In the nearly 18-minute long video, officers are heard laughing at the situation and telling bystanders who challenged Ahmed’s arrest that “we don’t answer to you.”"
That's how they will treat your kids…
— Boudreaux's Daddy (@Cannibal_Sauce) November 27, 2018
I rest my case!! Smmfh
— Wayne (@Topp627) November 27, 2018
No good deed goes unpunished.
— Jayne Mead (@jaynemead17) November 27, 2018
Those officers need to be patrolling the streets and not harassing citizens who actually take the time to care about one another.https://t.co/Qr41ZyYCek
— CoffeeNTrees (@CoffeeNTrees) November 27, 2018
This is just ridiculous. An African American can't even help someone without the risk of being arrested. Please change America!!!!
— jormezgamesix (@jormezgamesix) November 27, 2018
Unforgivable crime. Helping neighbor while Black.
— gill akram (@nangaparbat1) November 27, 2018
Things need to change.