Drug Policy

Houston Police Just Assume Guy Giving Change to Homeless Man Is Dealing Drugs

Quarters, not quarter bags, officer

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"Are those drugs?" "No, officer, that's just my awesome facial hair."
KPRC 2

In Houston, a man, while in his vehicle, gives some loose change to a homeless man standing outside in a parking lot, and then all hell breaks loose. According to KPRC 2 in Houston:

After Snider pulled onto I-10, he said a police car with flashing lights and sirens pulled behind him.

"I put my hazards on to let him know, 'Hey, I see you,'" said Snider. "This is a really bad part of I-10 to be pulled over on, so I was trying to find a safe place to pull over."

Snider said he was shocked by what the police officer did next.

"He's screaming. He's yelling. He's telling me to get out of the car. He's telling me to put my hands on the hood," said Snider.

Snider said the officer pulled him out of the car, handcuffed him and put him in the back of a police car, as ten more police cars were also pulling up.

"They're like, 'We saw you downtown. We saw what you did,'" said Snider. "I was like, 'Are you kidding me? I gave a homeless man 75 cents.'"

Snider said the officer accused him of giving the man drugs. The officer asked to search Snider's car and Snider said he agreed.

Don't ever consent to a search without a warrant! Nevertheless, the cops found nothing in Snider's car because he didn't have any drugs. He has filed a complaint with the Houston police after his car was damaged in this flurry of activity. Police officials declined to talk about the incident with the news station, though Snider says they were yucking it up on the scene like the mistake was no big deal.

Watch the segment here.

Left unsaid is how absurd the response would have been even if Snider had given the homeless guy drugs. Ten cars? Well, at least for a little while fewer people were getting pulled over for minor traffic violations.

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  1. Never give money to the “homeless” people in downtown Houston.

    Also, fuck HPD!

    1. I love a lot of the “homeless” in DC. Sure there are a lot of legit homeless people but there are also some with particularly nice shoes and such.

      1. And clean shaven.

  2. Hey, they showed restraint in not gunning him down where he stood.

    1. Agreed. People in these kinds of stories ought to know how lucky they are to be alive.

  3. The amount of injustice caused by the Drug War is staggering when you consider that this stuff happens countless times everyday.

  4. though Snider says they were yucking it up on the scene like the mistake was no big deal.

    When you never face any consequences for any of your actions, of course you’ll treat it like it was no big deal.

  5. Meh, old news, somebody posted this is the Mornin’ Stinks

  6. And who just gives drugs away? Especially a stranger? The whole premise is dumb.

    1. Everybody knows that only the government is charitable. No private person would eve do anything like that of their own free will.

  7. Don’t ever consent to a search without a warrant! Nevertheless, the cops found nothing in Snider’s car because he didn’t have any drugs.

    That’s true; however, one also has to weigh the consequences of saying “no” to an adrenaline-addicted and savagely violent baboon deputized to use deadly force with the full authority of the state.

    1. They’d get the K-9 to provide fake probable cause.

      1. if you dont let me search your car I’m going to ask my dog!

  8. Ten cars?

    OFFICER SAFETY!

  9. Snider said the officer pulled him out of the car, handcuffed him and put him in the back of a police car, as ten more police cars were also pulling up.

    Can anyone without resorting to sarc tell me how this sort of response is ever justified? And no officer safety is not a legitimate answer.

    1. I suspect, no sarcasm intended, that one car responded to a call for backup and the other 8 had nothing better to do.

      1. The guy who reported ten cop cars arriving is a threat to national security. Now The Terrorists know how our cops operate: create some b.s. disturbance on one side of town and you clear out all the cops on the other side of town where you are going to blow up the Great Satan.

  10. “Well, at least for a little while fewer people WERE getting pulled over…”

    I don’t normally point out typos, but I believe you mean WEREN’T getting pulled over. So it’s kind of a significant typo, you know?

    1. Oops. My mistake. I misread it. Now I feel very foolish indeed.

    2. No, fewer people were getting pulled over. Fewer people weren’t getting pulled over is a sort of double negative.

  11. Can anyone without resorting to sarc tell me how this sort of response is ever justified?

    They’re baboons with guns; dominance must be established.

  12. And, of course, the baboon troop want to intimidate not merely the guy with the misplaced sense of charity, but every civilian observer who passes.

  13. What’s that face hair called? It’s a mashup of thunder lips + abe lincoln chops so… thunder chops?

    1. It’s the “Chester A. Arthur.”

      1. Thanks.

        What about an Errol Flynn + soul patch?

  14. Same thing happened to me: I gave a dude in a wheelchair in St. Paul some chump change and walked back to my car. I amusingly watched through the rearview mirror some pig chasing the guy in the wheelchair through the alley.

    I’m letting the car warm up and was ready to back out when I see that dumb cop pushing the wheelchair dude right into the back end of my car! He’s screaming at me to get out so I get out and he’s yelling that he hopes the drugs I bought from Wheelchair Dude were tainted.

    After getting yelled at he asks why I’m in a bad neighborhood and I tell him that the neghborhood isn’t bad and he freaks out and shouts: “You Minneapolis people think that you’re so tough but St. Paul has bad neighborhoods too!” And I’m thinkin’: “Wow – this pig is unbelievably stoopid.”

    After recounting the incident to acquaintances, they all backed DumbCop and told me to stay out of bad neighborhoods….

    1. This was back in the late 80s, when everyone I knew had cop-jizz drippin’ offa their chins.

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