You done f*cked up now!
In late June, Orlando police pulled over a white Ford Fusion with tinted windows. Once they approached the vehicle, they found that inside was Aramis Ayala, Florida’s first and only African American state attorney.
As he examined her driver’s license, as seen in body-camera footage of the traffic stop, the cop asks: “What agency are you with?
“I’m a state attorney,” she responds.
“State attorney,” the officer quickly replies, as he tries to abruptly end the traffic stop. “Alright, thank you. Your tag didn’t come back. Never seen that before… We’re good now.”
Ayala ultimately presses him on why he ran her tags in the first place, to which he appears to struggle to come up with something. “Oh, we run tags all the time,” the officer says. “That’s how we figure out if, you know, cars are stolen and that sort of thing. Also, the windows were really dark. I don’t have a tint measure, but that’s another reason for the stop.”
From there, Ayala smiles and asks for the officers’ business cards.
The Orlando Police Department have since defended the stop, calling it lawful, while noting that patrol officers routinely run tags “for official business only.”
The video’s release drew scrutiny from the public, calling it racial profiling.