WATCH: Man says good deed led to racially motivated arrest

November 28, 2018 - 11:39 am
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SILVER SPRING, MD (1010 WINS) -- There's an old saying that 'no good deed goes unpunished.' It apparently rang true for a Maryland man earlier this month when he tried to help a drunk neighbor.

Samir Ahmed, 23, said he thinks race played a role in his November 17, arrest, the Washington Post reports.

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Ahmed says he was arrested after dropping off a neighbor who had been drunk and falling down.

He said he noticed cars and firetrucks near his driveway, and explained to first responders that he had taken the man home. When asked for the man's address Ahmed was reluctant to share it. The situation apparently escalated from there.

Here we go AGAIN!!--#TeamDL #thisisamerica #racism #policebrutality #blacklivesmatter #racialprofiling #Repost @therealremyredd with @get_repost ・・・ @dmvhoodzandnewz ・・・ DMV PRODUCER @sam_eye_are WAS ARRESTED BY MOCO POLICE IN SILVER SPRING #MD FOR DOING A GOOD DEED ??? FULL STORY OF WHAT HAPPENED BY @sam_eye_are - (((PLEASE SHARE AND TAG)))) On Saturday November,17,2018 at 11:00am I was locked out my house, so I called a #Lyft to a friends house. While I was outside I realized that an intoxicated man had just fell down right by my front yard. I asked if he was okay,but he was so drunk he could barely talk. So I lifted him up and took him home. While walking him home I asked why was he drinking so much, so early in the morning. Unfortunately he was grieving the loss of his brother who passed away a few days ago. I knocked on the door and made sure he got inside home safely then walked back home. When i returned home i seen there where police men and firefighters outside my house. I asked “is there a fire”. The officer responded saying they where called there because someone was intoxicated and needed medical attention. Apparently before I had seen the drunk guy he was unconscious in somebodies lawn.I explained how I carried him home, and showed my ID to prove that I lived on the residence. After answering all there questions in a respectful manner, one the officers said”I think you’re the intoxicated one”. I was later arrested as seen my in the video but was never told what for till literally 3 hours later. I’m currently fighting four charges and Fox 5, NBC, and CBS won’t shed light on this situation SO PLEASE SHARE! Shout out to the Peters family for recording and all the love and support they showed through this situation. @fox5dc #SilverSpring

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A video shared by comedian D.L Hughley shows Ahmed face down with his hands behind his back on the hood of a car. Then his family and neighbors came out to plead his case.

“He helped the man. He helped him!” a neighbor yells. “Y’all got him detained for absolutely nothing!”

The Washington Post reports, cops told the crowd that Ahmed smelled like marijuana, and documents show cops claim to have found a bag containing 'suspected marijuana' in his coat pocket.

Ahmed believes he was arrested because he's black.

“If I had blond hair and blue eyes, this wouldn’t be an issue,” Ahmed said Tuesday. “She wouldn’t have been so disrespectful when I showed her nothing but respect.”

(((PLEASE SHARE AND TAG)))) On Saturday November,17,2018 at 11:00am I was locked out my house, so I called a Lyft to a friends house. While I was outside I realized that an intoxicated man had just fell down right by my front yard. I asked if he was okay,but he was so drunk he could barely talk. So I lifted him up and took him home. While walking him home I asked why was he drinking so much, so early in the morning. Unfortunately he was grieving the loss of his brother who passed away a few days ago. I knocked on the door and made sure he got inside home safely then walked back home. When i returned home i seen there where police men and firefighters outside my house. I asked “is there a fire”. The officer responded saying they where called there because someone was intoxicated and needed medical attention. Apparently before I had seen the drunk guy he was unconscious in somebodies lawn.I explained how I carried him home, and showed my ID to prove that I lived on the residence. After answering all there questions in a respectful manner, one the officers said”I think you’re the intoxicated one”. I was later arrested as seen my in the video but was never told what for till literally 3 hours later. I’m currently fighting four charges and Fox 5, NBC, and CBS won’t shed light on this situation SO PLEASE SHARE! Shout out to the Peters family for recording and all the love and support they showed through this situation.

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An attorney for Ahmed said the pot charge was baseless.

“We vehemently dispute that the officer smelled marijuana; you can’t smell marijuana in a baggie inside of his left coat pocket that hasn’t been burned,” Gordon said. “It’s a very negligible amount, if anything,” J Wyndal Gordon.

Body cam footage of the incident has not been released, but Montgomery County Police say they are reviewing the circumstances surrounding Ahmed's arrest.