Florida’s First And Only African American State Attorney Pulled Over

In June, Orlando police pulled over a white Ford Fusion with tinted windows driven by Aramis Ayala – Florida’s first and only African American state attorney. While he examined her driver’s license the cop asks, “What agency are you with?

“I’m a state attorney,” she responds.

“State attorney,” the officer replies as he abruptly end the traffic stop. “Alright, thank you. Your tag didn’t come back. Never seen that before. We’re good now.”

As seen on the video, Ayala presses him. “Oh, we run tags all the time,” the officer says. “That’s how we figure out if, you know, cars are stolen and that sort of thing. Also, the windows were really dark. I don’t have a tint measure, but that’s another reason for the stop.”

The Orlando Police Department have since defended the stop, calling it lawful, while noting that patrol officers routinely run tags “for official business only.” The video’s release drew scrutiny from the public, calling it racial profiling.

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