A recent traffic stop in Florida has led to accusations of racial profiling after Orlando police pulled over a black woman for apparently no good reason before realizing that she’s the state’s attorney.
In a video released by the Orlando Police Department on Wednesday, an officer struggles to give a viable explanation as to why he and his partner stopped Florida State Attorney Aramis Ayala.
The video shows police approaching the vehicle of Ayala after pulling her over. Once at her window, an unidentified cop asks which agency she’s with. “I’m the state attorney,” replies Ayala.
The clearly flustered cop then proceeds to give some semblance of an explanation as to why she was pulled over. “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,” he says.
After Ayala asks why her tags were checked, to begin with, the officer struggles with another excuse.
“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, who happens to be the first African-American State Attorney in Florida history, clearly did not buy the explanation. With a smirk on her face, she asks for the officers’ ID cards while they scramble to write down their identifying information on a notepad.