Tour Guide/Boat Captain Tells Story of Police Harassment at Airstrip

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Posted: Monday, April 4, 2022. 12:00 p.m. CST.

By Aaron Humes: Shamar Foster, a 19-year-old tour guide-in-training and boat captain, tells his version of the viral video showing police aggressively approaching him for a search.

This morning he was at Raccoon Street Police Station for an interview with the Professional Standards Branch (PSB) but told us he would not be giving them an official statement.

Instead, he is in the process of retaining an attorney to take the deposition/affidavit of his statement of events and contact the police.

Foster told us he was with a group of guests when he was approached by the officer and his partner asking to search him.

Foster questioned the need for the search and the police response escalated, including violently pushing a phone camera recording the incident, using obscene language and threatening to charge the youth with assaulting a police officer.

Foster said he was thinking primarily about how the incident would present itself to his tourist guests, and worse, what might happen to him once he got to the station. However, he was never charged and the police left the scene after bystanders intervened.

More information to come.

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