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Florida cops appear to racially profile driver, then learn she’s the state attorney

Florida cops appear to racially profile driver, then learn shes the state attorney news Aramis Ayala

In a new video, Florida police found themselves in an incredibly awkward situation when they appeared to racially profile a driver, only to then realize that she was Aramis Ayala, Florida’s first African-American elected state attorney.

In the video, the two officers struggle to explain why they stopped her, with one officer saying, “Thank you, your tag didn’t come back, never seen that before, but 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.”

When Ayala asks why the tag was run in the first place, the officer responds, “Oh we run tags through all the time, whether it’s a traffic light and that sort stuff, that’s how we figure out if cars are stolen and that sort of thing,” adding, “Also, the windows are really dark, I don’t have a tint measure but that’s another reason for the stop.”

Ayala then asks for the officers names and has them write their names on a piece of paper because they do not have cards on them.

— Chanel apologizes to Gabourey Sidibe over racial profiling in boutique — 

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The release of the video prompted accusations of racial profiling as well as rumors that Ayala was going to be filing suit, rumors that Ayala denied when she put out a statement after the video surfaced.

“Since its release, the video has had more than 2 million views and produced a flood of misinformation. Including the filing of a lawsuit which is not true,” she told Orlando Weekly. “To be clear, I violated no laws. The license plate, while confidential was and remains properly registered. The tint was in no way a violation of Florida law. Although the traffic stop appears to be consistent with Florida law. My goal is to have a constructive and mutually respectful relationship between law enforcement and the community.

The Orlando Police Department also issued a statement on the matter, saying, “The Orlando Police Department allows the running of tags for official business only, and this is done routinely on patrol. 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. 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. No complaint has been filed in reference to this traffic stop.”

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