Man arrested by TPD Saturday speaks out, says he was harassed

Published: Mar. 1, 2016 at 2:06 AM MST|Updated: Apr. 26, 2016 at 1:09 AM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Videos of an incident outside of the In-N-Out Burger on Broadway Boulevard on Saturday, Feb. 27 are causing a stir on social media.

The videos show a group of individuals being confronted by officers with the Tucson Police Department for allegedly trespassing.

[Watch those videos here: WATCH: Cell phone videos capture trespassing arrests in Tucson]

Those who shared the videos, however, said they were harassed by officers and ended up behind bars while trying to make a difference.

One man who was involved in the incident told Tucson News Now that several locations across Tucson, including outside the In-N-Out Burger on Broadway Boulevard, have seen problems with Tucson's illegal racing scene.

[READ: YouTube videos showcase illegal street racing in Tucson]

Thomas Downey, who was arrested for trespassing on Saturday, said he and others in the group were arrested without cause.

Downey said the group was at that location to discuss how to get illegal drag racers to Tucson Dragway.

"The only thing I can tell you that was different between us and any other patron at In-N-Out was that our cars were modified," he said.

Downey and a group of six others were arrested.

"I didn't show up in a loud car. No music, no burnouts, no obnoxious behavior that usually attracts that kind of attention from police," he said, adding an officer told him, "I have three officers en route.. leave or I'm going to start making arrests."

Downey said the group of about 20 were outside the In-N-Out for about 10 minutes before they were confronted by a TPD officer.

He said he was told he needed to buy food or leave.

Downey said he, along with several others in the group, did as they were told, but were arrested.

"I was detained for criminally trespassing. With my receipt in my hand. In fact the entire time l was in the squad car," he said.

Downey said this incident will motivate him and others in his group to work harder to stop people from giving a bad name to the car racing scene.

"This group gets a bad rap due to the select few that think they can do whatever they want," he said.

Tucson News Now reached out to TPD on Sunday, and were only told that seven people were arrested.

Tucson News Now reached out to TPD again on Monday, but was not given any new information.

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