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A black man was detained as he moved into his own newly purchased home


TONGANOXIE, Kan. (CIRCA via AP) — On Thursday, the American Civil Liberties of Kansas requested an investigation after local police detained a black man while he was moving into his own home last year. The man was then allegedly harassed for weeks afterward and was blocked from filing a racial bias complaint with the department by the police chief.

A 61-year-old Marine veteran, Karle Robinson, was handcuffed and held at gunpoint as he was removing a television out of a rented moving truck into his newly purchased home in Tonganoxie, Kansas, in August.

Police body-camera footage captured the incident, which occurred at about 2:30 a.m. As Robinson was carrying a television out of the moving truck, an officer pulled into the driveway, drew his weapon and instructed Robinson to put down the television. Robinson put down the television and explained to the officer he was moving into the home and that he was in fact the owner.

Police chief Greg Lawson told The Associated Press that he would comment later, as he has not seen the ACLU’s allegations.

The ACLU has asked the Kansas attorney general to investigate.


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