(Meredith) - Police in Texas released a dramatic bodycam video that shows a 90-year-old grandmother intervene when officers attempted to arrest a man accused of running a stop sign.
The Midland Police Department said the incident started when Tye Anders, 21, failed to make a complete stop at an intersection on May 16 and continued driving until he reached his grandmother's house.
Police said an officer followed Anders to the residence and directed him to exit the vehicle, but he did not immediately comply. So, the officer called for backup.
After about six minutes, police said the 21-year-old got out of the car with his hands raised and repeatedly yelled: "Why you stop me?"
"Listen," an officer can be heard saying. "You ran a stop sign. Chill out, bro!"
Anders eventually dropped to his knees before lying down in the grass with his arms behind his back as officers drew their weapons.
At one point, Anders told the officers, “Put the guns down. I’m scared. I’m scared.”
Near the end of the video, an elderly woman – identified as Anders' grandmother – stood over him as if trying to shield him. When an officer told the 90-year-old to back up, she fell on top of Anders.
Other people at the scene could be heard screaming throughout the video.
Anders was eventually arrested and charged with evading arrest, a third-degree felony. He has since been released on bond, according to the Midland Reporter-Telegram.
A bystanders' video of the arrest went viral, prompting outcries of racial profiling and excessive use of force by law enforcement.
The Midland Police Department later posted its own video to Facebook on May 22 in an attempt to add more context to what happened.
"We know that every second of the video will be scrutinized and debated on social media for days. I don't have a problem with that at all. Because at my core, I believe that transparency builds trust," said Midland City Councilman John Norman in a statement.
Anders’ lawyer, Justin Moore, told the Reporter-Telegram that Anders has had several run-ins with the Midland Police Department and previously filed a complaint against them for harassment. During the May 16 incident, Moore said the patrol officer did not turn on the vehicle's police lights until Anders had arrived at his grandmother's house.
On May 27, the city of Midland held the first of several planned "community conversations" to address the incident and discuss relations between law enforcement and minority members of the community.
“We have to have these tough conversations in order to move forward,” Norman told the Reporter-Telegram. “We have to have an understanding from both sides because everyone doesn’t look at everything in the same lens. We have to understand there are different lenses out there that we may not be aware of.”