A Black California attorney plans to appeal his conviction after being kicked out of a courtroom, racially profiled by law enforcement for not dressing like a lawyer, tased, and arrested.
Jaaye Person-Lynn, 38, was sentenced to a year of probation after he was found guilty of delaying and/or obstructing a peace officer in the January 2019 altercation, KNBC reported.
He said that he went to the San Bernardino County Courthouse clerk’s office on his day off to ask questions about one of his client’s cases.
It was then that deputies confronted him.
Video footage of the incident was posted on Person-Lynn’s YouTube account, NY Post stated.
It showed the Los Angeles lawyer wearing casual clothing as he was walking towards the clerk.
Deputies pushed him back before he got there.
“I’m an officer of the court, I’m here to talk to the clerk,” Person-Lynn explained to the cops.
In the video, one of the officers is heard replying: “It’s not social hour with the clerk. We gotta figure out what you’re doing here.”
The attorney was then asked to “step out.”
When he refused, deputies “forcefully” escorted him to the hall.
“I’m here to talk to the clerk about my case… about my client’s case,” he is heard telling the officers.
Person-Lynn attempted to show the deputies his ID after giving them his client’s case number, but instead, they tased him, Fox 11 reported.
“I can see the deputies initially thinking I was not a lawyer, but I tried to show them my ID! They didn’t want to hear it,” Person-Lynn told the outlet.
He added to KNBC: “I should not have been pushed. I should not have been tased. I should not have been arrested.”