MIDLAND, TX – The City of Midland held a community conversation Thursday night to get citizens comments on the arrest video that went viral last week. During the meeting a black activist group, Next Generation Action Network, from Dallas came and joined the conversation and called for the chief to be fired.
As previously reported, on May 23, officers with the Midland Police Department arrested Tye Anders after he failed to stop during a traffic stop and resisted arrest. During the arrest multiple officers had guns drawn. Tons of backlash came from the incident and the arrest went viral.
After releasing the video Midland's District 2 City Councilman John Norman called for the community conversation.
According to CBS 7, on May 27, the conversation started with a Q&A which a majority of the questions were to Midland Police Chief Seth Herman about the arrest. One question was if he would have handled the situation differently.
“Myself and some of the senior troops, we would have done something different,” Herman said. “It wouldn’t have looked as good. It would’ve been very fast. It probably would’ve ended up with a broken window and somebody pulled out of a car and arrested and transported immediately. It would not have looked as professional as the men and women who were there that day, and showed extreme patience.”
After this the crowd began irritated and yelling ensued. "The victim wasn't Tye Anders the victim was his grandmother," said Dominique Alexander of the Next Generation Action Network. "What we need to do is get rid of that police chief. That's the first conversation we need to have."
“The problem that we have is that there were multiple officers with guns drawn on an individual that didn’t have any weapons,” one Midland woman said. “That had his hands up. Was on the ground, crying and pleading out of fear. How is that you guys protecting the citizens that you swore an oath to?”
“I’m not going off just what happens in Midland, Texas,” Herman responded. “I have to go off of what’s going on throughout the United States. Officers die everyday from ambush situations...”
Herman was then drown-out by cries of “So do black people” from the audience.
This is when the crowd really exploded and the conversation was put to an end.
It is unclear if there will be another conversation held in the future.