A Black man in New Jersey was pulled over by police for allegedly failing to use his blinker and having an air freshener hanging from his rearview mirror.
A Troubling Encounter
In a recent incident that has sparked widespread outrage and discussion, a Black man named Alex Harbour found himself at the center of a troubling encounter with the Wall Township Police Department in New Jersey.
He Was Pulled Over by Police
The incident unfolded when Harbour was pulled over by a police officer.
Harbour believes it was solely due to having an air freshener hanging from his rearview mirror.
He Shared the Video of the Incident
The encounter gained significant attention after Harbour shared a video of the incident on TikTok.
An Underlying Issue of Racial Profiling
The video’s caption poignantly read, “When they pull you over for NO REASON but have to find A REASON,” highlighting the underlying issue of potential racial profiling and unnecessary stops by law enforcement.
Officer Says He Didn’t Use His Blinker
In the video, Harbour is seen questioning the officer about the reason for the stop.
He Denies the Allegations
The officer claimed that Harbour failed to use his blinker, an allegation that Harbour vehemently denies.
Then He Points to the Air Freshener
Additionally, the officer pointed out the air freshener, stating that it obstructed Harbour’s view.
The Officer Had No Grounds to Pull Him Over
However, Harbour expressed his belief that the officer had no legitimate grounds to pull him over, as he claimed to have followed all traffic laws.
He Requests to Speak to His Supervisor
Throughout the video, Harbour maintains his composure and asserts his rights. He even requests to speak with the officer’s supervisor to address his concerns and challenge the reasoning behind the stop.
The Officer Dismisses the Request
Surprisingly, the officer dismisses the request, even though state law allows individuals stopped by the police to request such a conversation.
He Asks for Dashcam Footage
In a subsequent video, Harbour documents his attempt to speak with a supervising officer and obtain dashcam footage of the incident.
It’s Only Possible if He Received a Ticket
However, he is informed that access to the footage would only be possible if he received a ticket.
It Could Provide Crucial Evidence
This raises questions about transparency and accountability, as dashcam footage could provide crucial evidence regarding the nature of the stop and potential bias.
He Ultimately Receives a Ticket
In a perplexing turn of events, Harbour ultimately receives a ticket for the seemingly minor offense of hanging an air freshener on his mirror, while the alleged failure to use a blinker is overlooked.
It’s worth noting that laws in at least half a dozen states across the country consider hanging objects from the rearview mirror as a traffic violation.
Was This Discrimination?
This incident has once again brought attention to the ongoing issues of racial profiling and discriminatory practices within law enforcement.
It Sparked Outrage Among Community Members
It has sparked outrage among community members and advocates who demand accountability and fair treatment for all individuals, regardless of their race or ethnicity.
The Need for Continued Efforts
The incident serves as a reminder of the need for continued efforts to address systemic biases and promote unbiased policing practices in order to foster trust and ensure the safety of all community members.
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