As the old saying goes, no good deed goes unpunished. At least that is exactly what Samir Ahmed is saying about his recent run in with Montgomery County police. According to Ahmed, he was arrested on November 17th after attempting to help out a drunk and confused neighbor.
The incident began when 23-year-old Ahmed noticed his neighbor was extremely intoxicated in a public place. His neighbor was reportedly so disheveled that he continuously fell down. His antics eventually prompted a concerned bystander to call emergency services for the drunk individual. Ahmed believed the situation was escalating out of control, so he took things into his own hands and safely transported his neighbor back to his own home.
After dropping off his friend, Ahmed returned to find several firetrucks and police cars near his own driveway. Montgomery County Police officers told Ahmed that someone had reached out to them to check on the intoxicated man, but Ahmed confirmed that the person was safely back at his own home. Police continued to press Ahmed for details about the person’s exact address, but Ahmed did not want to answer the questions.
The interaction between Ahmed and police was captured on a cellphone and uploaded online. Eventually, police can be seen forcefully putting Ahmed’s hands behind his back and pushing his face into the hood of a vehicle. He was arrested as onlookers began questioning the officers. Suddenly, one of the deputies explained that they had “smelled an odor of marijuana” emanating from Ahmed and eventually found a plastic bag with “suspected marijuana” inside. Ahmed was ultimately charged with obstructing and hindering, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and a failure to obey a reasonably lawful order.
The incident has prompted three of Ahmed’s neighbors to file complaints against the Montgomery police who never charged the suspect with possession of the supposed marijuana.