African American Man Ticketed for Crossing the Street


A young African-American man says he was ticketed and stopped for jaywalking and not having identification on him by a white police officer.

The incident was recorded by Devonte Shipman and shared on Facebook.

The video opens with Shipman asking the officer, JS Bolen, what it was he did wrong.

Bolen then tells him to point his camera at the red hand signaling that he and his friend weren't supposed to cross the street.

Bolen then tells him that jaywalking is a $65 fine and orders Shipman to go to his police car.

When he refuses, Bolen begins to threaten him.

“I’m about to put you in jail.”

When Shipman walks towards the car and Bolen asks for his ID is when things begin to escalate.

“That’s another infraction. In the state of Florida, you have to have an ID card on you identifying who you are or I can detain you for seven hours until I figure out who you are.”

One of the citations the officer listed wasn't even applicable to Shipman as the 21-year-old was walking and not driving.

“Every licensee shall have his or her driver license, which must be fully legible with no portion of such license faded, altered, mutilated, or defaced, in his or her immediate possession at all times when operating a motor vehicle and shall present or submit the same upon the demand of a law enforcement officer or an authorized representative of the department.”

Bolen gave Shipman a citation for failing to obey a pedestrian control signal, a $62.50 fine, and a a $136 fine for not having a drivers license to show on demand.

The Jacksonville department says they are reviewing the video and Officer Bolen isn't under investigation at this time.


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