Add driving with a fresh smelling car to the list of items that can get a Black man pulled over by a police officer. A Rhode Island man was pulled over because of the air fresheners dangling from his windshield.
Reports Raw Story:
A black Rhode Island man already had his cellphone out and was recording when he was pulled over by a Providence police officer for the crime of having an air freshener dangling from his rear view mirror, the Providence Journal reports.
“What’s the problem, big dude? What’s the problem?” Dana Harris Jr. asked the police officer as he strolled up to the pulled-over car.
On the video, uploaded to YouTube by Harris, the officer asks Harris for his license and registration, ignoring questions from Harris about why he was pulled over.
“You seen me come out of my driveway. What did I do wrong?” Harris asks, adding, “I have a cousin who’s a Providence police officer for 23 years. What’s the problem? … I’m tired of this. I’m not a gangster. I’m not a thug.”
Ignoring his questions, the officer — identified as Brian Murphy — then asks for his insurance information while speaking into the radio mounted on his shoulder.
After handing back the paperwork, Murphy points toward the car’s windshield and says, “You can’t have this obstructing your view.”
“Come on, are you serious?” Harris replies.
“Yeah, I’m serious, you can’t have that there.”
“Air fresheners? … That’s the reason you pulled me over?” Harris asks.
“Yup,” the officer says, not giving a ticket and the returning to his cruiser.
After the video went viral, cops reportedly told Harris that he was stopped because they were looking for his step brother, Justice McLaren, who had an outstanding warrant.
Let’s say Harris didn’t record the situation, things went sound and and ended with him telling a judge that a cop told him he was stopped because of air freshener. Would he be believed? Exactly.
Watch the video in question below.