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A black attorney says he was kicked out of a California courtroom after being racially profiled by law enforcement for not wearing a suit — and got tased, arrested and convicted for the confrontation.
Jaaye Person-Lynn was sentenced to a year of probation Friday after being found guilty of delaying and or obstructing a peace officer in the January 2019 altercation, local outlet KNBC reported.
The 38-year-old Los Angeles attorney said he’d gone to the clerk’s office at the San Bernardino County Courthouse on his day off to inquire about one of his client’s cases when he was confronted by deputies.
Video of the incident posted on Person-Lynn’s YouTube account shows the lawyer, dressed in casual clothing, trying to make his way toward the clerk before deputies push him back.
“I’m an officer of the court, I’m here to talk to the clerk,” Person-Lynn can be heard telling the cops.
One of the officers replies: “It’s not social hour with the clerk. We gotta figure out what you’re doing here.”
The deputies then tell Person-Lynn to “step out” and forcefully lead him to a vestibule when he refuses, the footage shows.
“I’m here to talk to the clerk about my case… about my client’s case,” he can be heard telling the officers.
He then gives the cops his client’s case number — and said he tried to show them his ID and bar card but never got the chance before being tased, Fox11 reported.
“I can see the deputies initially thinking I was not a lawyer, but I tried to show them my ID! They didn’t want to hear it,” Person-Lynn told the outlet.
He added to KNBC: “I should not have been pushed. I should not have been tased. I should not have been arrested.”
The attorney said he believes the deputies treated him differently because of his race. He plans to appeal his conviction.