White man sues HPD alleging racial profiling
Updated On: Nov 25 2011 08:24:36 AM CST
A northeast Houston man has filed a federal lawsuit claiming he is the victim of racial profiling because he is white, Local 2 Investigates reported Thursday.
Kelly D. Allen was handcuffed and searched after being stopped near his home off Jensen in 2009, and he claims in a lawsuit filed this week that he was only stopped because he was driving through a black neighborhood.
In his lawsuit, which he filed without an attorney, he claims HPD officers stopped him because a drug informant had claimed a white man had purchased marijuana.
Once he was handcuffed and searched, his lawsuit claims the informant told officers they had the wrong man.
He is suing for $400,000 in mental anguish and $12 million in punitive damages, claiming he suffered "severe personal injury because he could not use his hands to hold on to anything" while he was cuffed.
He claims he filed a complaint with HPD Internal Affairs Division, but that case was quickly dismissed without an investigation.
City of Houston lawyers were off for the holiday, but historically they decline to comment on pending lawsuits.
A federal judge has set a hearing on the civil rights lawsuit for March 30, 2012.