Shopping at Home Depot and Being Black Could Be Dangerous Police Officers Roughs Up Customer

Police Officers and your rights: Know your rights never talk to police officers and NEVER open your door to cops when they knock. GRETNA, La. — A man says a Gretna police officer handcuffed and pushed him while he was shopping at the Home Depot on the westbank. Ernest Green is an electrician who shops at the store all the time. He said a misunderstanding Tuesday got out of hand and left him injured. Green said he was having some blinds cut down to size at the store. As he was walking out, the security guard asked him for a receipt. Green said he had a proof of purchase on the box but did not have a receipt in his hand. Green said that was when a Gretna police officer accused him of stealing from the store. Green said he was handcuffed and pushed around by the officer. WDSU talked to workers at the Home Depot, and they agreed with Green’s account of the story. After the incident, Green was treated at Touro Infirmary for a contusion on his back as well as cuts and scrapes, he said. “You (are) supposed to be the police and you treated me like you were a higher authority,” Green said. “Then you ask me to cool down and not not take this any further after you did your damage and saw that I was telling the truth.” A statement from Home Depot said “the safety of our customers and associates is a top priority, and we are investigating the matter thoroughly.” The Gretna Police Department said it takes any complaints very seriously. WDSU was not allowed to speak