Video footage of a Maryland man who was arrested after helping a neighbor get home safely has sparked rage on social media after many believe he was a victim of racial profiling.
The video shows Samir Ahmed, 23, who is black, being pinned against a car by four officers as neighbors yell “he lives here.”
Ahmed was returning home on Nov. 17 when he noticed a man passed out near his front lawn, according to his Instagram post.
He believed the man was intoxicated and proceeded to walk him home.
Police were responding to a 911 call of an unconscious man who needed help — but once Ahmed returned to his home, police accused him of being the “intoxicated one,” he said.
“I explained that I brought the drunk man home, and she [the officer] began to become infuriated when I wouldn’t tell her his exact address,” Ahmed told Huffington Post.
Police claimed they smelled a marijuana scent on Ahmed.
“The officer smelled an odor of marijuana coming from him,” one Montgomery County officer yells in the video.
Ahmed says he received a citation for a small portion of weed that he was carrying, according to WUSA 9.
He believes race played a factor in his arrest.
“Because I know if I was blond with blue eyes it wouldn’t have mattered,” he said.
The Montgomery County Police Department did not comment on the situation after being contacted Tuesday morning.
The 18-minute video went viral on social media, catching the attention of celebrities like D.L. Hughley.
“Here we go AGAIN!!” Hughley said after re-sharing the viral video.