Brian Burns / May 27,2020

90-year-old grandma tries to defuse tense confrontation between police and her grandson


When police stopped a Texas man for an alleged traffic violation, the confrontation turned tense, videos of the incident show.

Midland police officers stopped Tye Anders, 21, on May 16 for running a stop sign, the department said in a statement.

What happened next left a family shaken, a young man on the ground and his grandma attempting to intervene in the tense confrontation that followed.

Anders, who is black, had been driving in a way that aroused suspicion, “making several extreme attempts to elude and avoid me,” a Midland police officer wrote in an affidavit obtained by CNN affiliate KWES and other media. CNN has put in a public records request for the affidavit.

The Midland Police Department released footage on Facebook from an officer’s dash cam video and a 36-minute bodycam video on May 22, six days after the incident. The video does not show the alleged traffic violation; police say it “occurred prior to activation of the video system.”

In the dashcam video, officers say Anders drove for two blocks after the cruiser’s lights went on. Anders then can be seen pulling into his grandmother’s driveway.

Anders was charged with evading in a motor vehicle while police were attempting to detain him, according to a statement from Midland police.

Justin Moore, an attorney for Anders, says his client was racially profiled, and that there was no justification for his arrest.

Anders’ grandmother tried to defuse the situation

Midland police released four versions of the bodycam video on the department’s Facebook page: Full-length front camera footage, full-length body camera footage, full-length back seat footage and a shortened video with captions.

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