Florida Cops Accused Of Racially Profiling Black State Attorney On Camera
A video of Florida's first and only black state attorney getting pulled over by police officers during a traffic stop was recently-released.
The minute-and-a-half video finds state attorney Aramis Ayala being stopped by Orlando Police Department officers and asking them why they pulled her over in a traffic stop.
"I am the state attorney," Ayala tells one of the officers when they ask her what government agency she works for. Ultimately, Ayala learns that she was pulled over after the cops ran her vehicle's tags and nothing came up.
"Thank you; your tag didn't come back, never seen that before," the officer said. "We're good now. We ran the tag, I've never seen it before with a Florida tag, it didn't come back to anything, so that's the reason for the stop."
"...we run tags through all the time, whether it's a traffic light and that sort of stuff, that's how we figure out if cars are stolen and that sort of thing," the officer continued. He then added that Ayala was stopped because her windows were really dark. The footage then ends with the cops writing down their names after Ayala asked if they had business cards.
"To be clear, I violated no laws. The license plate, while confidential was and remains properly registered," Ayala said in a statement. "The tint was in no way a violation of Florida law."
In the statement Ayala also said that she wants to have a "constructive and mutually respectful relationship between law enforcement and the community," saying "I look forward to sitting down to have an open dialogue with the Chief of Orlando Police Department regarding how this incident impacts that goal."