Video of black man being arrested by cops after helping out a drunk neighbor goes viral

Edduin Carvajal
Nov 29, 2018
10:22 A.M.

Samir Ahmed, a 23-year-old man from Silver Spring, Maryland, was arrested after he helped a drunk neighbor get into his home. The incident was captured in camera.


The video that other neighbors recorded, which contains strong language, show that four officers of the Montgomery County were pinning Ahmed to a car. People around them couldn’t believe what was happening, so they started yelling a complaining about the police behavior.

At some point, the man behind the camera asked why they were arresting Ahmed for, to what one of the policemen responded that they didn’t have to answer to him. Another officer later said that Ahmed was under the influence.

Source: YouTube/SamEyeAre

Source: YouTube/SamEyeAre

According to WUSA, Ahmed got home around 11 a.m. and found a drunk man passed out near his front yard. Since he lived nearby, Ahmed picked him up and helped him get to his house.

Source: YouTube/SamEyeAre

Source: YouTube/SamEyeAre


Even though it was a good deed, someone had already called the police to report the drunk man, and when Ahmed walked back to his house, he saw a couple of firefighters and police officers outside (because it was the address they got).

Source: YouTube/SamEyeAre

Source: YouTube/SamEyeAre

After explaining to them what happened and showing his ID, one of the officers said: “I think you are the intoxicated one” because they allegedly smelled an odor of marijuana coming from him, what gave them probable cause to search him.

Source: YouTube/SamEyeAre

Source: YouTube/SamEyeAre


Ahmed reportedly refused to let them search him, so the police arrested him. He was later charged with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, and other charges. It was later discovered that Ahmed indeed had a small amount of marijuana with him.

Source: YouTube/SamEyeAre

Source: YouTube/SamEyeAre

However, neighbors (and people who saw the clip) complain because he got arrested for helping another man. Ahmed is expected to appear in court in January 2019.


While uncommon, it is not the first time that a person gets arrested after doing a good deed. Tammie Hedges took in 27 dogs and cats in her shelter during Hurricane Florence.

She gave the ill ones, amoxicillin, used a topical antibiotic ointment she got from a nearby Dollar Tree, and Tramadol, an opioid painkiller. Even though Tammie did so to save them from the storm, police charged her with 12 counts in relation to the illegal practice of veterinary medicine.

Tammie, whose shelter was still in the process of acquiring a veterinary license, said that she had no other options and that was only thinking about the safety of the animals.

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