Ashland police wrongfully arrest African-American man


Ashland police say they’re in the midst of determining why officers arrested an innocent African-American man following a disturbance at an Ashland store Monday evening.

The 20-year-old was held in the Jackson County Jail Monday overnight on a harassment charge that falsely accused him of making a disturbance at a store along Siskiyou Boulevard.

Ashland police Chief Tighe O’Meara said that a basic review of store surveillance video should have been enough to clear the man, who happened to be walking near the store and fit an employee’s basic suspect description of “an African-American male wearing a dark sweatshirt.”

The person taken into custody didn’t look like the suspect captured on store surveillance video, according to O’Meara.

The harassment case remains unsolved.

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