Las Vegas cops jailed innocent black man for SIX DAYS because he had the same name as white suspect
The Las Vegas Police Department who botched an arrest and put the wrong Shane Brown behind bars now faces a costly lawsuit for their embarrassing mix-up of a young black man and a middle-aged white man.
Shane Lee Brown, a black man, now 25, spent six days in 2020 in Henderson and Clark County jails after being mistaken for Shane Neal Brown, a then 49-year-old white man, because they share the same first and last name , and an arrest warrant was issued for Shane Neal for possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.
The younger Brown is now suing the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) for $550,000 for the mix-up, demanding $500,000 under federal law and $50,000 under state law. The Atlanta Black Star reported that he filed the suit on January 7.
If any of the LVMPD police or corrections officers had taken any care, such as comparing Shane Lee Brown’s booking photo to the world’s existing mugshot, the white ‘Shane Brown’ dubbed in the warrant, they would have easily determined that Shane Lee Brown was wrongly identified as the subject of the warrant,” the lawsuit reads.
Shane Lee Brown (left), a black man, 25, was wrongfully arrested on January 8, 2020 after being mistaken for then-49-year-old white man, Shane Neal Brown (right). was not the right man, but the authorities did not check the reports and kept him in jail for six days
Not only did the police mix up Shanes, but they didn’t realize that the man they were actually looking for, Shane Neal Brown, was already being held in custody in California’s San Bernardino County, authorities discovered on Jan. 22.
At the time of his arrest on January 8, 2020, Shane Lee Brown had no ID on him and only had his Social Security card on him.
He told Henderson, Nevada, police his name and gave them his Social Security number and card — which can contain a person’s middle name. When officers used the name Shane Brown, an arrest warrant surfaced for possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.
Shane Neal Brown was arrested for gun possession in 2019, but did not appear in court in November of that year. A judge at the time issued a warrant for his arrest and did not order bail if he was found.
Shane Neal Brown’s rap magazine dates back to a 1994 crime and he was charged five times in 2019 alone. He is described as an older white man with brown hair and blue eyes, has a beard and is six feet tall. Shane Lee Brown, who was 23 at the time, is a six-foot black man with no criminal record.
Despite telling “numerous unknown agents and supervisors from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department” that he was not the same Shane Brown they were looking for, the officers failed to properly verify their suspect and filed charges on Jan. 10, 2020. paperwork, saying they had “Shane Neal Brown.” ‘ in custody.
Authorities did not bother to review their own records to determine whether Shane Lee Brown was the subject of the warrant,” court documents said.
But officers could have easily discovered they had the wrong man in custody, as the numerous other booking photos of Shane Neal Brown were available in the custody registration system.
After being arrested on January 8, Shane Lee Brown was taken to the Henderson Detention Center where he spent two days. On January 10, authorities transferred the young man to the Clark County Detention Center, where he remained until he was released four days later.
A public defender (left) showed the court at the court a warrant to hear the man’s two police photos, and the judge immediately released Shane Lee Brown on January 14
Shane Lee Brown would not be released from prison until January 14, 2020, when he attended a hearing and his public defender told the court they had the wrong man. He was immediately released by Judge Joe Hardy after an unidentified public defender showed a side-by-side photo comparison of the two men.
Shane Neal Brown was due to appear in court later that month and accept a plea deal.
DailyMail.com contacted the LVMPD and Shane Lee Brown’s attorney, Brent Bryson.