A Pokemon Go player is suing US park police after being arrested and tasered in what he believes was a racist incident.
Back in July, Jonathan McKinney was playing Pokemon Go while walking through Battery Kemble Park when he noticed a man staring at him and trying to talk to him.
According to McKinney, he refused to talk to the man, unaware that he was actually an American park police officer in plainclothes. After leaving the park, he was overrun by officers without warning and ran away in the heat of the battle.
“They were chasing me and I was afraid for my life,” he explained. “I felt like I was being rushed or ambushed, and it was very shocking.”
Once he was chased to a fence, McKinney said police fired three Tasers, injuring his back and leg. He was subsequently arrested but says he had no idea what he had done wrong and that he was not told anything about his release the next day.
Pokemon Go Player Sues Police
NBC News reports that court documents show that the charges in which he alleged that he assaulted three officers and resisted arrest has been dropped.
McKinney’s attorney Donald Temple said his client “walked while he was black” and had been the victim of racial profiling.
The Pokemon Go player says he has been profiled by the police.
“A black man who had never been arrested is now in the criminal justice computer system,” Temple said at a news conference.
The Pokemon Go player, who is suing the police for $1 million, says he wants this case to help others facing similar issues.
“I just hope for responsibility and professional behavior and that people can move freely in their community without being profiled,” he said. “I’m a bit haunted by the incident and I really wish it had never happened.”
However, the US park police said that while they cannot comment on the matter, they will make information about the incident public as soon as they are able to.