Ashland Police "Mistakenly" Arrest African American Man

Ashland Police investigating what led to the arrest.

Posted: Nov. 28, 2018 3:25 PM

Ashland, Ore -- 

The Ashland Police Department says they "Mistakenly" arrested and African American man earlier this week. They have not relased the name of that 20 year old man at this time. 

On Monday November 26th, APD officers arrested the man after a reported incident on Siskiyou Boulevard. 

Officers responded to a complaint of physical harassment at store, and the complainant described the suspect as an "African American male wearing a dark colored hooded sweatshirt". Police then stopped a man matching that description, arrested him and took him to the Jackson County Jail.

After an investigation cleared the man from the incident, he was released at 8:00 A.M. on Tuesday morning. 

The District Attorney's office is making sure no charges will be filed against the man. Chief Tighe O'Meara says that he apologized to the 20 year old's father.

Ashland Police Department is now conducting an investigation into how this man was misidentified.

APD released this statement in regard to the investigation:

"At this time it appears that the officers involved did not take crucial investigatory steps, subsequent to detaining the man, to verify that he was, in fact, the person wanted for the harassment. There is no indication that the officers were intentionally negligent in their arrest of the man, however, the police department and the City recognize this as a police department failure.". 

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