Published On: Sun, Jul 18th, 2021

Minnesota Lawmaker Claims He Was Cited for Race; Police Release Body Cam

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Authorities in Minnesota have released the body camera footage of a traffic stop involving a state lawmaker who claimed he was pulled over and ticketed by an officer because of his race. The video, released by the City of St. Paul, shows state Rep. John Thompson, a Democrat, being pulled over on July 4 after midnight, with the officer citing a missing front license plate and speeding as the reasons for the traffic stop. Thompson is heard in the video disputing the traffic stop, explaining to the officer that he believes he was stopped because the officer “saw a black face” driving the vehicle. The lawmaker also released a statement following the interaction, claiming that many of the “pretextual stops” by law enforcement are to “publicly humiliate black, Indigenous, and communities of color.” In the 16-minute video footage—which is largely footage of the officer sitting in his cruiser going through …

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