Man in viral video alleging racial profiling faces drug charge

Man in viral video alleging racial profiling faces drug charge

NORTH AVONDALE, OH (FOX19) - The man who shot a viral video alleging police racial profiling faces a new drug charge.

Charles Harrell, 29, was arrested Thursday and booked into the Hamilton County jail on one count of possession of drugs.

A Hamilton County Municipal Court judge set his bond at $5,000 during a brief hearing Friday, court records show.

He had a methamphetamine pill in his pocket when Cincinnati police pulled him over in the 700 block of Fred Shuttlesworth Circle in North Avondale on March 19, police wrote in a sworn statement.

Officers conducted the traffic stop after seeing a blue vehicle with a window tint and no license plate light, records state.

"Upon making contact with the driver, I smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle," police wrote. "The driver, Charles Harrell, was asked to exit the vehicle. A search was completed of his vehicle and person. An unknown pill was located in his pants pocket. It was sent to the lab and identified as methamphetamine."

Harrell already has pleaded no contest to a minor drug violation related to the marijuana, court records show. He also was charged for driving without a license.

He made headlines earlier this year when his video of his arrest in Over-the-Rhine went viral. He claimed a Cincinnati police officer followed him and later confronted him and cited him for jaywalking. He was also charged with minor misdemeanor possession of marijuana, resisting arrest and obstructing official business.

Cincinnati police officials announced they launched an investigation into the incident. The police union said the officer did nothing wrong and should be commended for staying very professional while Harrell became belligerent.

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