Patriots linebacker Elandon Roberts claims that a police officer harassed him during a traffic stop in his driveway, and his attorney is seeking an investigation.
Roberts told USA Today that a Fort Bend County sheriff’s deputy pulled him over on March 10 for speeding in the Houston suburb of Richmond. Roberts pulled into his driveway and got out of his car. As dashcam video of the incident shows, the deputy orders Roberts, “Get back in the car. … Get in the car right now!”
“This is my house,” Roberts said, his hands up in the air.
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Roberts complies with the command to get back in his car and shut the door. The officer requests backup, saying, “The big black man got out of the car … I had to yell at him pretty hard.”
When Roberts’ wife, Tori Roberts, came out of the house, the deputy told her to return: “If you don’t get back in the house, you will be arrested. Go back in the house for your safety.”
Roberts filed a complaint days after the stop, but the sheriff’s office told USA Today the complaint was not acted on by the department and the case had been closed. But Roberts was compelled to share his story.
“Unfortunately, these types of things are happening all too often to African Americans,” Roberts told USA Today. “People are becoming desensitized to them. Being harassed in your own yard simply because you are a ‘big black man’ should never become the norm. To the person being harassed, it is frightening, disrespectful and embarrassing.”
Roberts’ attorney, Jennine Hovell-Cox, told USA Today she wants the investigation reopened.
Roberts was pulled over for allegedly driving 59 mph in a 35 mph zone, but the ticket was “dismissed,” according to Hovell-Cox.
A sixth-round pick by the Patriots in 2016, Roberts has started 30 games for the Patriots in three seasons, playing on two Super Bowl champions.