Video of Florida’s only black state attorney being pulled over by two police officers caught the attention of social media users after it was published to the Orlando Police Department’s YouTube page on Wednesday.
Aramis Ayala, looked confused when cops decided to pull her over for a “routine” traffic stop without any real reason why. Ayala had just finished teaching a law class at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, a historically black university when the traffic stop took place.
Officers gave several excuses as to why they pulled Ayala over:
“In regards to the video, which was released by the Orlando Police Department last month, the officers stated the tag did not come back as registered to any vehicle,” the statement said. “As you can see in the video, the window tint was dark, and officers would not have been able to tell who, or how many people, were in the vehicle.”
Activists DeRay McKesson tweeted the video to his nearly 860,000 followers asking, “What was the reason for the stop?”. And the footage of the encounter went viral shortly after.
What was the reason for the stop? pic.twitter.com/0UJAPXAJMV
— deray mckesson (@deray) July 13, 2017
Luckily, the exchange did not end up in a fatal shooting or arrest like other “routine traffic stops.” The attorney was knowledgeable, calm and asked for the officers information to ensure that these officers are noted for the unnecessary stop. Seems like another case of “DWBB” (Driving While Being Black).
Sources: NBC News and Essence