Weston man claims he was racially profiled by police in 2019
A Weston man is claiming he was racially profiled by police while walking to his daughter's bus stop in 2019.
Walter Simpson tells News 12 a police officer stopped him in what he calls an aggressive encounter with his hand close to his gun. The officer was responding to a 911 call made by a white driver passing by about a Black man going through mailboxes.
A neighbor then intervened.
Days after the incident, Simpson made a verbal complaint to Weston's chief of police about the officer involved and believed an investigation was being launched. After one year of following up and making an additional complaint, he discovered the case was closed after receiving an email.
Simpson is now calling for changes within the police department and commission, addressing them during a Zoom conference attended by over 500 people last week.
Some of the changes Simpson wants to see is holding people accountable for making 911 calls that are racially motivated, programs that bond police and the community and a civilian review panel for impartiality.
The Board of Police Commissioners says it is working to revise policies and procedures, including the complaint process in the department.
News 12 reached out to the Weston chief of police for response.