Black man arrested as white felon twice his age suing Las Vegas, Henderson police | News
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A 25-year-old black man is suing two Nevada police departments after he was misidentified as a white ex-felon nearly twice his age, arrested, and held for six days at two Las jails. Vegas- territorial jurisdictions.
Shane Lee Brown alleges civil rights violations, false imprisonment, negligence and other wrongful conduct by Las Vegas and Henderson police and their top officials and seeks at least $50,000 in damages .
The civil lawsuit describes Shane Neal Brown, now 51, as a white man with a bushy white beard who is taller than Shane Lee Brown.
Shane Neal Brown was first convicted of a felony in 1994 and was wanted on a November 2019 arrest warrant in Las Vegas accusing him of being a felon in possession of gun.
Shane Lee Brown was arrested in January 2020 during a traffic stop by Henderson police, imprisoned in that city’s jail and transferred to custody two days later to the Las Vegas police. He remained imprisoned in Las Vegas until he appeared before a judge who ordered his release.
His lawyer, E. Brent Bryson, accuses police and prison officers of failing to perform “due diligence” – including comparing photos, fingerprints, dates of birth, physical descriptions or criminal identification numbers – after his client’s arrest.
“They would have easily determined that Shane Lee Brown had been misidentified as the person sought in the warrant,” Bryson wrote in the complaint. Bryson did not immediately respond to messages from The Associated Press on Friday.
Shane Lee Brown repeatedly told police officers and supervisors in Henderson and Las Vegas that he was not the older white “Shane Brown” named in the arrest warrant, his lawsuit has heard.
Henderson police and Las Vegas police officials declined to comment on the case on Friday, citing department policies regarding litigation. Henderson’s spokeswoman, Kathleen Richards, said the city attorney is reviewing the lawsuit and will address her claims in court.
Several days after Shane Lee Brown was released, Las Vegas police learned that Shane Neal Brown was in jail in San Bernardino County, California.
Court records show Shane Neal Brown accepted a plea deal and was sentenced in February 2020 to up to six years in prison with credit for time already served.
Shane Lee Brown has not been charged with a crime.