Three years ago, Shalandra Jones was involved in a ‘routine’ traffic stop. Lacey said he pulled over Jones and driver Mark Scott because “I just rolled up and saw the brake light out, and I thought, ‘Well, you know, what? I’m kind of bored.’ So, might as well, it’s worth a stop”. After talking with the driver, Mark Scott, and Jones, Officer David Lacey discovered medical marijuana in Jones’ car.
Later, while searching Jones’ purse, Officer Lacy finds something in her purse. When he questions her about the item(s), she informs him that she is HIV positive. Officer Lacey then informs her that is something he should have been made aware of when they were first stopped, then told her that she needs to inform officers (in the future) whenever she is stopped.
Later in the video, the officer states that Jones “just made me mad”. While talking to the driver, he stated that “did not want to take any diseases home to his family”, and that “Dearborn does not have that many people living with HIV, and the police do not like people with HIV.”
Lacey then suggested that he had taken action against earlier suspects when they had not disclosed they had diseases. “[You should tell police that you have HIV] so that way we don’t get pissed. Cause otherwise we get pissed. Bad things happen,” he said. “I found a needle on a guy once and he didn’t tell me. … He’s not going to forget anymore.”
Prior to Officer Lacey leaving the scene, he told Jones that “Honestly, if it wasn’t for that, I don’t think I would have wrote anybody for anything. But that kind of really aggravated me, you know what I mean? You got to tell me right away. … Because at that time, I wasn’t wearing any gloves.”
Jones sued the City of Dearborn and they settled for $40,000. Dearborn spokeswoman Mary Laundroche told the Press that she believed the officer’s actions are not “reflective of the behavior of our police department.” Officer Lacy is still employed by the Dearborn Police Department and has not faced disciplinary action.
It’s important to note, that there is no law that require drivers, let alone passengers, to notify the police of diseases that they may or may not have. Also, the inappropriate and illegal actions by Officer David Lacey, not only violated Jones’ civil rights, he also violated the Americans with Disabilities Act.
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