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Viral video of Anne Arundel police forcibly removing, arresting Brooklyn Park man has 22.5 million views on TikTok; police say he had two arrest warrants

Videos posted to social media that show several Anne Arundel County police officers forcibly removing a Black man during a traffic stop went viral Friday.

In several videos, officers ask Antoine Lee Wedington, 23, of Brooklyn Park, to get out of the car, saying they have warrants for his arrest. Wedington, the passenger, does not leave the car, and officers eventually remove him; throughout the videos, he asks the officers to let him leave the vehicle. When pressed against an SUV, he shouts at his partner to continue filming. Wedington was charged with resisting arrest.

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The videos, posted by Wedington’s partner on the TikTok account @heatherjanney, have been viewed more than 22.5 million times as of Saturday afternoon, prompting reports from TMZ and outlets across the country. TikTok is an application in which users post videos.

Outlets have further identified Wedington’s partner, who posted the videos, as Heather Janney. The Capital reached out to the woman over TikTok but did not immediately receive a response.

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The videos end with Janney crying and what looks to be an infant in the backseat. Wedington told police during the arrest he was saying goodbye to his family who were in the vehicle with him. Wedington kissed Janney as he was pulled out of the vehicle. Thousands of commenters expressed anger at the police. Some supported the officers.

She made another video following Wedington’s arrest asking for donations to help pay for lawyers. In online court records Saturday, the public defender’s office was listed as Wedington’s attorney. The Capital was unable to contact the office. In her TikTok account, Janney responded to viewers.

“He is okay...but still in jail,” Janney commented on the video. “They charged him with resisting arrest...they assumed his name and that he had a warrant.”

The county police department addressed the video in a news release Saturday, stating that Wedington was identified during a traffic stop when the female driver was pulled over for speeding around 3:20 p.m. Monday near the intersection of Shady Side and Deale Churchton roads in Deale.

Officers asked the driver and Wedington for identification, and Wedington refused, police said. Officers were still able to identify Wedington because of prior alerts placed on the license tag, according to police.

Wedington has two active Anne Arundel County warrants out for his arrest: a circuit court bench warrant for failure to appear in court on Oct. 5 and a retake warrant for violating conditions of parole and probation. Both warrants require officers to take the subject of the summons directly to a detention center, said police spokesman Lt. AJ Gardiner.

“Mr. Wedington had refused and was very adamant about that, which was within his rights to do so,” Gardiner said. “He wasn’t arrested because he didn’t produce his ID. He was arrested because he was [identified as] Antoine, and he didn’t comply.”

The videos posted online don’t show the beginning of the encounter between Wedington and the police. County police said Wedington was given multiple opportunities to leave the vehicle on his own. Wedington refused, prompting the officers to grab him, police said.

In the videos, after police engage, they don’t fully let go of Wedington as he asks to let himself out of the vehicle. At one point Wedington says the police are acting like “dogs."

“I’m a human being,” Wedington said in one video.

In a third video, after the struggle ended when Wedington was handcuffed, an officer says, “Now, was that that hard?”

The driver was cited for driving 45 mph in a 30 mph speed limit zone and was released at the scene. Wedington was transported to the Anne Arundel County Detention Center for processing.

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