Vegas: Black man arrested as white felon twice his age sues police

Shane Lee Brown, left, and Shane Neal Brown.
Shane Lee Brown, left, and Shane Neal Brown.(Henderson PD and Las Vegas Metro via AP)
Published: Jan. 22, 2022 at 11:05 AM PST
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LAS VEGAS (AP) - A 25-year-old Black man is suing two police agencies in Nevada after he was misidentified as a white ex-felon nearly twice his age, arrested, and held for six days in jails in two Las Vegas-area jurisdictions.

Shane Lee Brown claims civil rights violations, false imprisonment and negligence by Las Vegas and Henderson police and seeks at least $50,000 in damages.

His lawsuit says the wanted man, named Shane Neal Brown, was sought on a warrant as a felon in possession of a firearm.

But it was Shane Lee Brown who was arrested in January 2020 by Henderson police. He remained jailed in Henderson and Las Vegas until he appeared before a judge who ordered him freed.

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