Students receive hard time from Texas Police

Two Grambling State University students received a hard time from Texas police recently. The students were accused of possessing illegal substances.
At approximately 4:17 p.m. on Nov. 16 Alexander Trochez and Brandon Richardson were stopped by State Trooper J. Sneed (ID#11025) for speeding.
“I gave him my valid license, registration and insurance then he started to ask irrelevant questions about my purpose for being stopped,” said Brandon Richardson, a GSU senior.
Richardson said after being accused and ridiculed about illegal substances and asked permission to search his vehicle, he refused. According to him, Trooper J. Sneed then stated, “I’m going to call the K-Nine unit.”
“I asked him if I was free to go and Trooper J. Sneed went back into his car. After a while, Trooper J. Sneed got out the car and gave me a warning ticket, my license, registration, and insurance and informed me about a K-Nine unit being up the road and let me go,” said Richardson.
After going back to his car, he observed the warning ticket. Richardson said the date of birth and name were incorrectly written. The word Sanchez was beside his first name and the date of birth on the ticket was 09/11/1975. The warning on the ticket was about speeding with no specific numbers given as to how fast they were going.
Shortly thereafter, Richardson was stopped for a second time by Texas Trooper Dillard, who banged on the trunk on Richardson’s car and instructed him to get out.
“I approached him and he asked for my license and insurance which I gave him. He then asked if I had any illegal substance or weapons with me in the car. Trooper Dillard requested to search my vehicle which I did not give him consent to do. He then called for backup officers and a K-Nine unit to the scene,” He said.
Richardson said after the K-Nine unit arrived and searched the car twice and the grass around the car, nothing was found.
“At the end of the search both the officers deflated my emergency tire and ripped the middle light from the ceiling of my car,” he said.
Richardson said the experience made him distrust police.
“The police just assumed we had drugs and detained us illegally, ripping up the vehicle. We informed them we were students, and it seemed to infuriate them more. I felt and still feel discriminated against and powerless. When I see police cars now, I get nervous and feel anxiety because I don’t want that to happen again. But I do feel like it will happen though it shouldn’t, Richardson said.