Midland City Council will host townhall in addressing arrest video

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MIDLAND, Texas (Big 2/ Fox 24) — Midland City Council says as soon as next week they will host a public discussion about their feelings on the arrest of Tye Anders.

The decision comes after a video of Anders’ arrest went viral on social media. The video shows Anders on his knees in the front yard of a home as several MPD officers give him commands with their weapons drawn.

Anders then lies face-down in the yard with his hands behind his back. Meanwhile, the MPD officers ask Anders to walk back towards their vehicles. However, he continues to lay in the yard, asking officers repeatedly to put their weapons away.

The officers then move closer to take Anders into custody.

Now, Midland Mayor Patrick Payton and members of City Council are taking a closer look at the incident.

“At this particular junction with lines being drawn and tensions escalating all over the place, what we need to do is make sure we are listening to each other.”

Patrick Payton, Midland Mayor

Both Patrick Payton and John Norman addressed the video Wednesday. Both expressed concerns of the current times being extra stressful, perpetuating polarization and deepening divide.

The incident between MPD and Anders began when an officer noticed him speed up and make a sharp turn onto Butternut Lane, according to an affidavit. The officer noted Anders sped up again “in an attempt to elude” before making a turn onto Maple Ave, the affidavit details.

Officers then reportedly noticed Anders’ vehicle parked and continued patrolling the area.

MPD officers encountered Anders’ vehicle again at the intersection of Maple and Butternut, saying he ran a stop sign, according to the affidavit.

A traffic stop was initiated shortly after on Pecan Avenue.

Both Payton and Norman ensured the community that they will look at every aspect of the incident.

“We have to do the right thing and everyone has to be accountable for their actions on all sides.”

John Norman, District 2 Representative

Payton also said Midland will not be releasing their footage at this time, even though Ander’s lawyer requested they do.

“All we’re going to do is harden lines that have already been drawn on certain opinions and we don’t want to do that there is no reason for us to stroke that that’s going to be a legal matter for later on. We 100% support our police force and 100% support our citizens so the bigger things is not for me to go in with things I want to talk about instead of me listening.”

Patrick Payton, Midland Mayor

Tye Anders was arrested May 16th and charged with felony evasion, according to the arrest affidavit. His lawyer says he was not evading arrest, and is the victim of profiling and police following him.

The time and location of the townhall is to be determined, but Payton did say it would be next week.

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