Tuesday 13 November, 2018

WATCH: Florida cops pull over state attorney

Video footage is being shared online showing Orlando authorities pulling over a vehicle, only to realise that the driver is Florida state attorney Aramis Ayala.

According to the Orlando Weekly, the incident occurred on June 19, 2017.

The awkward exchange is shown through the officer’s bodycam as he explains that the reason for the stop is due to the car’s tint and tags.

Ayala responded that she is open to discussing the issue with the chief of the Orlando Police Department.

Ayala said she had been leaving FAMU Law School where she teaches classes when she was pulled aside.

“I was pulled over by Orlando Police department on June 19th in Parramore after leaving FAMU Law School, where I taught in the evening.

After public records request, the video was released by the Orlando Police Department.

Since its release, the video has had more than 2 million views and produced a flood of misinformation.  Including the filing of a lawsuit which is not true.

To be clear, I violated no laws.  The license plate, while confidential was and remains properly registered. The tint was in no way a violation of Florida law.

Although the traffic stop appears to be consistent with Florida law.  My goal is to have a constructive and mutually respectful relationship between law enforcement and the community.

I look forward to sitting down to have an open dialogue with the Chief of Orlando Police Department regarding how this incident impacts that goal.”

The Orlando Police Department also issued a statement:

The Orlando Police Department allows the running of tags for official business only, and this is done routinely on patrol.

“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."

No complaint was filed in reference to the traffic stop.