A Florida doctor who was handcuffed in front of his home before volunteering with the homeless said he was profiled

(CNN)As his wife and children watched from inside, a Miami doctor was handcuffed in front of his home while he said he was loading supplies for homeless residents into a van.

Miami police said the officer stopped the doctor for leaving trash in his yard. Dr. Armen Henderson says he was targeted because of his race. ​
"If I was a fairer-skin person or a white person, just doing the same thing, I don't believe he would've stopped me," Henderson ​said. "It was the nature of the stop that really concerned me."
    Now, the incident is under investigation by both the police department and the Civilian Investigative Panel, a city department that independently investigates Miami police.

    How the incident unfolded

    Henderson, an internist at the University of Miami Health System, has been testing the city's homeless residents for coronavirus since March.
    This is what Henderson said happened on Friday, the day of the incident. CNN viewed his home security surveillance footage that captured the exchange without sound.
    He ​said he was loading up a van full of tents he planned to distribute among homeless residents in downtown Miami. He said he took the tents out of their boxes and left the boxes in his yard, where he said city workers typically pick up bulky trash.
    That's when he said he saw a police officer drive past down a different street, make a U-turn and turn down his block, though this isn't clear in the footage.
    ​He says the officer asked him whether he lived there and said he'd heard complaints from neighbors about excessive trash, Henderson said.
    Henderson said he told the officer he always leaves bulkier trash in front of his yard. In the footage, small items are seen strewn on the sidewalk and in the grass.
    Henderson thought the exchange ended there and turned away from the officer back toward his van.
    Dr. Armen Henderson, seen here with his wife and children, said the Miami officer racially profiled him and put his health at risk.
    The officer got out of his car then asked him for his ID, Henderson said. Henderson said he told him he didn't have it on him but that the house the two were standing in front of was his.
    Then, Henderson said, the officer handcuffed him.
    When he locked the cuffs around Henderson's wrists, the doctor called for his wife, who was sitting on the porch with their two young children.
    Meanwhile, Henderson said, the officer got angry and began yelling inches away from Henderson's face.
    "All of a sudden, he's got his finger all up in my face, he's pointing at me, yelling at me, saying, 'You're going to call me sir, call me sergeant,'" Henderson said. "It was very humiliating."
    His wife came outside and asked the officer why he handcuffed her husband. Henderson said the officer told her that he had "given [the officer] an attitude."
    The officer demanded that his wife show him one of their IDs, Henderson said. She ran inside and grabbed hers, and the officer removed the cuffs from Henderson's wrist.
    The officer then got back in his car and drove away without an apology, Henderson said.

    What happened next

    The exchange took 3 minutes. Henderson filed a complaint with the Civilian Investigative Panel the same day detailing their exchange.
    He said the officer put his health at risk by violating social distancing and profiled him because he's black.
    "He put me in danger," he said. "Now you're putting my work at risk, the people that I love at risk and my patients at risk, as well."
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