“Is this your car?”: Like Sandra Bland, I confronted an officer who pulled me over for driving while black – Salon.com

“Is this your car?”: Like Sandra Bland, I confronted an officer who pulled me over for driving while black – Salon.com – When he returned to the driver’s window, I calmly informed the cop that he was making me late for work. He smirked. I asked if I could exit the vehicle to show him something. He thought that was funny: a gainfully employed black woman with a job she deemed worthy enough to leave the sanctuary of her car for. Curiosity put a silly smile on his face. He authorized me to get out. We walked to the rear of the Jeep where I usually kept my expensive work equipment. He thought I was joking. What kind of equipment could a hooker possibly have that wasn’t already on her person? That’s how the cop sized me up. I asked permission to open the hatch, always careful to be slow and steady. He told me to go ahead. Raising the hatch, officer… There in the darkness was a bundle of wires and electronic gadgets. The cop shined his big flashlight into my Jeep. Before he knew what hit him, I grabbed the microphone attached to my recording devices and stuck it right in his face, asking him to comment on the fact that three of the top 10 “most dangerous intersections” in America were in the Dallas area. All the blood drained from his face as he shouted, “Get back into the vehicle!”

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