New England Patriots linebacker Elandon Roberts accused Texas authorities of harassment on Thursday due to a traffic stop in front of his home in March.
USA Today obtained dashcam footage of Roberts' incident with the Fort Bend Sheriff's Department in front of his Richmond home on March 10.
After they arrested Roberts, he left the vehicle with his hands up and told the officer: "This is my house," according to the newspaper.
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Deputy Adam Watkins allegedly told Roberts to return to his vehicle and requested a backup copy of a "big black man" who "would not comply" with his orders. Roberts did not argue with Watkins during the traffic stop and asked to speak with Watkins during the heat of the moment, according to USA Today.
Roberts was told he was only arrested for a basic speed infraction, but not until nine minutes after the test.
"Unfortunately, this kind of thing is happening all too often to African-Americans," the two-time Super Bowl champion told USA Today in a statement. "People are becoming insensitive to them. Be harassed in your own yard simply because you're a big black man & # 39; It should never become the norm. For the person who is being harassed, it is frightening, disrespectful and shameful. "
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He added: "I have no interest in making financial gains by publishing this story, my only hope is that this type of bias-based stoppages can end and that, perhaps, other black drivers can see how to disqualify a threatening situation. "
Roberts reportedly filed a complaint of harassment 10 days after the incident. In the complaint, he wrote that "he felt so harassed that he could not even remember where the insurance paper was in my car."
The internal affairs division of the Fort Bend County Sheriff's Department wrote on May 20 that Roberts' complaint was unsubstantiated, the newspaper reported.
Roberts' lawyer, Jeannine Hovell-Cox, told USA Today that she asked the district attorney of that country to open an investigation. Brian M. Middleton responded, saying that Roberts was directed to contact internal matters.
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The Patriots selected Roberts in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL Draft. In three seasons with the Patriots, he played in 44 games, recorded 177 total tackles and three sacks.
He won Super Bowls with the team in 2016 and 2018.