Watering while Black: A pastor's Alabama arrest

A Black pastor plans to sue an Alabama town whose white police officers placed him in handcuffs after he refused to identify himself while watering flowers for his neighbor on private property.

Video transcript

MICHAEL JENNINGS: All right. Go ahead on do what you gotta do now.

- All I asked you--

MICHAEL JENNINGS: Do what you gotta do. Go on and lock me up.

- OK. Look. Just have a seat.


- Howdy.

MICHAEL JENNINGS: Hey, man. How's it going?

- Pretty good. What are you doing here, man? OK. They saying that this vehicle is not supposed to be here, and you're not supposed to be here.

MICHAEL JENNINGS: Who's saying that?

- They called about it. I don't know who called.

MICHAEL JENNINGS: I'm supposed to be here. I'm Pastor Jennings. I live across the street.

ROY MILAM: Any time we're going to be gone for more than a day or two, he watches the house. And he waters the flowers, if she's got flowers then. And he just takes care of stuff. And we can go and know that he's watching out everything, after everything.

- You have, like, ID?

MICHAEL JENNINGS: Oh, no, man. I'm not going to give you no ID.

- Why not?

MICHAEL JENNINGS: I ain't did nothing wrong.

- Well, look. Listen. Listen. I'm not saying do nothing wrong.

ROY MILAM: Pastor Jennings knew the law better than they did. And so I don't think-- I mean, it ended bad for him that night. But I think it's ended bad for the police department now, if it was just for them not knowing and being properly trained and everything.