UPSOUND (English) Brady Adams, Tonganoxie Police Officer: "Do you understand why I did that? I understand it's not comfortable, but given that we had all those break-ins and what not recently - when you see somebody moving..."
UPSOUND (English) Karle Robinson: "Out here?"
Brady Adams, Tonganoxie Police Officer: "Yeah. Here in Tonganoxie. Here just last weekend we had a whole bunch."
Karle Robinson: "Ah, great. Right when I'm just - ah, that's real comforting to know."
The American Civil Liberties of Kansas requested on Thursday a state investigation after a black man was detained by local police while moving into his own home, then allegedly harassed for weeks afterward and blocked by the police chief from filing a racial bias complaint with the department.
Karle Robinson, a 61-year-old Marine veteran, was held at gunpoint and handcuffed in August as he was carrying a television out of a rented moving truck into the home he had purchased a month earlier in Tonganoxie, a town of about 5,400 people located about 30 miles (48 kilometers) west of Kansas City.
The incident, which was captured on police body camera, happened at around 2:30 a.m. as Robinson was carrying in his television, the last item out of the moving truck. An officer pulled into the driveway, drew his gun and instructed him to put down the television. Robinson complied and explained to the officer he owned the house and was moving in. He told the officer the officer he had paperwork inside the house that would prove he was the owner.
Police Chief Greg Lawson said he had not seen the ACLU's allegations and would comment later.
The organization said in a news release that it was a case of "moving while black" and that it has asked Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt to investigate or refer the group's complaint to the Kansas Commission on Officers Standards and Training.
A spokesman for the attorney general's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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