HOUSTON, TX — A charitable citizen discovered what a police state feels like when he was accosted by government agents, handcuffed, and searched with dogs after he stopped to give a homeless man some money.
“He’s screaming. He’s yelling. He’s telling me to get out of the car. He’s telling me to put my hands on the hood,” Greg Snider explained to KPRC-2 News.
Moments earlier — at about 2:00 p.m. — Snider had stopped in a parking lot and handed a panhandler seventy-five cents.
“He said, ‘Hey my name is Dave. I’m from Dallas. I’m down on my luck. Do you have any change,’” said Snider.
Snider obliged the homeless man and went on his way. Unbeknownst to him, he was being observed by one of the friendly local peace officers, who stalked him onto the interstate highway and pulled him over.
Snider put his blinkers on and pulled over for the officer.
He was immediately yelled at and berated. “He’s screaming. He’s yelling. He’s telling me to get out of the car. He’s telling me to put my hands on the hood.”
As Snider was removed from his vehicle, put into handcuffs, and humiliated, he found out what had drawn the interest of his local government.
“They’re like, ‘We saw you downtown. We saw what you did,’” Snider explained. They accused him of being a drug dealer.
“I was like, ‘Are you kidding me? I gave a homeless man 75 cents.’”
Officers laughed at him while drug-sniffing dogs tore through his car and he sat detained in handcuffs for an hour.
The canine search damaged his property and Snider found nothing funny about the encounter, so he filed a complaint, according to KPRC.