Apparently, “driving while Black” is still a crime, especially in the town of Dayton, Ohio.
John Felton, a Black man, was visiting his mother in the city when he noticed a police officer was trailing him, most likely due to his out-of-state plates. Since we’re living in a world where a Sandra Bland suicide follows ticky-tack arrests, he did the logical thing and started filming on his cell phone.
The video, obtained by The David Pakman Show, revealed racial profiling in the highest sense of the definition.
“You’ve been tailing me for how long? You just needed a reason to pull me over,” Felton says after the unidentified white cop tells him he failed to put his turn signal on approximately 100 feet from the corner. “No disrespect, I don’t have nothing against police officers, but all this sh*t that’s going on now? That’s some scary sh*t. To have a police officer just tail you, and then you pull me over, ’cause you said I didn’t signal — what? Do you know how it looks?”
After the routine 10-minute wait while the records check out, the officer returns to issue his citation and offered up the real reason he stopped Felton.
“Because you made direct eye contact with me, and you held on to it while I was passing you,” the officer said.
“What?” an incredulous Felton asked. “I didn’t even see you.”
“I’m not gonna argue about it anymore, sir,” the officer continued. “If you want to keep talking, though, I’ll just get your license back and give you a citation for the violation, and we can take it to court. I’m not gonna argue about it anymore.”
Had Felton not been filming, there would be no evidence to support the claims when he told people of the flimsy
Yet, the evidence is down below. Watch it, starting at the :57 mark.
H/T: Raw Story
Photo: David Pakman