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