Results for - Elected Representative Accuses Officer of Ticketing Him for "Driving While Black"
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Consider how many times you've gotten pulled over for a broken taillight or some other minor infraction. You and the officer exchange words. A summons is issued. Everyone goes about their day. Minnesota Rep. John Thompson was pulled over in the wee hours of Independence Day. We know this because he then gave a press conference accusing the police of pulling him over for being a black man. Police denied the claim and released bodycam footage to show what really happened.
1. Have you ever disagreed with a reason the police pulled you over?
2. Thompson was pulled over for speeding and driving without a license plate. After pulling him over, police discovered he had a suspended out-of-state driver's license. Do you agree that speeding and no license plate (not to mention a suspended license) are valid reasons for pulling someone over?
3. Do you find it odd that an elected state representative would have a driver's license (albeit suspended) from another state other than the one they represent?
4. Thompson berated the officers, claiming, "You profiled me because you looked me dead in the face and I got a ticket for driving while black. You pulled me over because you saw a black face in this car. " Do you think Thompson has a legitimate claim that he was racially profiled after he was stopped for speeding and having no license plate on his car?
5. Do you think some people are too quick to claim racism - when there are clearly other valid reasons for conducting a traffic stop?
6. Do you think it's shameful for an elected official (a "representative of the people") to behave in this way?