Doug Glanville last played for the Phillies 10 years ago. (AP photo)
WEST HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -
A former Major League baseball player and ESPN analyst revealed that he was racially profiled by a West Hartford police officer, but it happened within the Hartford city limits.
In a story he wrote for The Atlantic, Doug Glanville said he was shoveling snow in his driveway in the west end of Hartford on Feb. 18.
Then Glanville said an officer, who was outside of the town he patrols, essentially asked him what he was doing.
"The more I talked, the more senseless it seemed that I was even answering the question," Glanville wrote in the article. "But I knew I wouldn't be smiling anymore that day."
Police said "a black male, in his 40's, wearing a brown jacket and carrying a snow shovel," had knocked on the door of home on Concord Street in West Hartford.
That person had been going door-to-door looking for work shoveling, which is against the law in West Hartford.
The complainant told police that people on Concord Street had "issues in the recent past with a black male who had solicited money for shoveling snow."
The man in question had not been located yet, so police said dispatch told the responding officer that someone "who matched the description given by the complainant" was last spotted in the area of Fern Street and could be headed to Prospect Avenue into Hartford.
Police said the officer asked Glanville if he'd been seen shoveling.
"When Mr. Glanville advised that he had not, the officer then departed," police said in a news release. "The officer took it on face value that Mr. Glanville was not the correct person and immediately left the scene."
Another man matching the description was found at the intersection of South Highland Street and Farmington Avenue in West Hartford, police said.
They said that man was found to be the shoveling solicitor.
"While the officer's actions in searching for the suspicious party were completely appropriate, we wish he had taken the extra time to introduce himself to Mr. Glanville and to explain the purpose of the question," said the department's news release. "We have discussed this with the officer and will work to remind all of our officers of the importance of good interpersonal skills and taking time, when practical, to explain their actions."
Police said the chief has been in contact with Glanville since the incident happened.
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