Black Man Spends A Week In Jail After Being Mistaken For A White Man With The Same Name

A bllack man spent almost a week in jail after he was mistaken for a white suspect that was twice his age and it was all because they had the exact same name.

25-year-old Shane Lee Brown has accused 2 different police departments in Nevada, United States of America, of wrongful arrest and negligence. 

The lawyers of Shane claim that Henderson and the Las Vegas Police wrongfully detained him under the pretense that he was Shane Neal Brown, a white guy who is almost twice his age. 

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The lawsuit of Shane says: 

While performing a records check, the unknown HPD Officers confused Shane Lee Brown with a different Shane Brown, a 49-year-old white man, who was the subject of an outstanding felony bench warrant for ownership or possession of firearm by prohibited person.

According to reports, the mix-up happened after Shane was pulled over by the police at a traffic stop, where he failed to hand out a driver’s license. This made the police arrest him. 

Black Man Spends A Week In Jail After Being Mistaken For A White Man With The Same Name

Shane was then held in Henderson Detention Center from January 8 to January 10 of 2020 before he was transported back to the Clark County Detention Center after a warrant was issued by the Las Vegas police that said SHane was wanted in their records. 

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The lawsuit notes that Shane Neal Brown, a 5ft 11in with brown hair, blue eyes, and a white beard, stated he had been convicted of a crime in 1994. 

The thing is, Shane Lee Brown, who is 5 feet 7 inches tall, was yet to be born and is black when the incident happened. 

After spending 6 days in prison, a Judge authorized his release, which happened on January 14, 2020. 

After the lawsuit, it was noted that Shane had repeatedly questioned the police about his detention, stating that he was not the older white Shane Brown, who was wanted on the felony warrant. 


According to the lawsuit, Shane Lee Brown was not charged with any crime.

Right now, he is seeking a jury trial and more than $500,000 in compensatory damages. 

The Las Vegas Police Department are yet to release an official statement for the incident that happened. 

What are your thoughts on Shane spending 6 days in prison? Let us know what your thoughts are by leaving a comment in the comments section below! 

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