Florida's First Black State Attorney Pulled Over By Two Cops
The officers said her tinted windows and tags were the cause.
July 12, 2017 at 6:11 pm
The Daily Mail shared a video from body cam footage released by the Orlando Police Department that shows two cops pulling over Florida's only black state attorney, Aramis Ayala, in June.
Ayala followed the officers' instruction, but expressed confusion over what caused her to be stopped.
One officer can be seen 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.”
The other officer was seen near the passenger side of Ayala's car while the other officer talked with Ayala.
Still confused, Ayala asked the officers why they were running her tag in the first place.
"Oh, 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," replied one officer. "Also, the windows are really dark. I don’t have a tint measure, but that’s another reason for the stop.”
Ayala is Florida's first elected black state attorney. It should be noted that in June 2017, CNN reported that Ayala is suing Florida Gov. Rick Scott for removing Ayala from cases for her refusal to seek the death penalty.
She has also been the victim of racial attacks, having received a noose in the mail among other things, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
Well aware of her rights as a top attorney, Ayala asked for the officers' names.
"Do you guys have cards on you?" asked Ayala.
The cop replied as he wrote his name down on a notepad: "One second … actually, this isn't my car but I can write my name down."
The attorney was handed back her license and drove off.
A spokesman for the Orlando Police Department told the Times that, "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."
Ayala has not brought a case against the department, and for now the department won't be taking any further action.