via Aramis Ayala Facebook Page

Aramis Ayala is one of the most powerful people in the state of Florida due to her position as the state attorney. However, Ayala’s position did not prevent her from being racially profiled by police officers.

While driving in Orlando, Florida, Ayala was pulled over by two White male police officers. In a show of force, both officers approached her vehicle as one stood on the driver’s side and the other stood on the passenger’s side. Ayala had not done anything illegal while driving.

When Ayala handed one of the officers her ID, he recognized her as the state attorney. Ayala then began to question the officers as to why they stopped her. While stuttering a bit, the officer claimed that he pulled her over because they ran her license plates and the plates did not come back registered to anything. The officer claimed that he also pulled her over because her windows were too darkly tinted. However, he stated that he didn’t have a device to measure the tint level.

Ayala eventually asked for the officers to give her their business cards, but they wrote down their names instead.

Since becoming the state attorney in November 2016, Ayala has faced a backlash from judges over the way she has handled cases. Ayala refused to sentence a convicted murderer to death because she said it was inhumane and didn’t help with public safety. After she was removed from 23 cases by Gov. Rick Scott, Ayala decided to sue the governor. The Florida House has backed the governor, but the case will go before the Florida Supreme Court.

Ayala has yet to respond to being pulled over by the police officers, but it revealed how Blacks on all levels can face harassment and racial profiling.

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  • hidaya

    A dayum shame! Black power AND knowledge reigns!

    • La-Chanda Sexclibra Smith

      She’s a states attorney, I’m sure she knows about the law very very well.

      • britishrose

        SHE COULD of been another sandra bland easily if she hadnt pull that license out before they ask ,she had it readty before he reach the car period . philando castillo could of been any one of us . these cops are unskilled and scary cats

        • Guest

          For once we agree. Sandra Bland did come to mind. R.I.P

      • Tavaris Hill

        The law means nothing when you’re black and confronted by racist cops.

      • Sam

        So do the cops. They had a reason to pull her over, she provided her ID as required, they knew why her plates didn’t register, everyone got to go on their way.

        • jsy

          Sooo, You think they were using a special “automatic license plate camera”? I mean one that runs every plate on the road as they drive? No? Then why did they decide to run her tags in the first place?

          Speeding? Nope. Swerving? Nope. Mmmm, it is a puzzle to you isn’t it?

  • britishrose

    i think they need to stop pulling people over cause either way its profiling . one time i saw a police turn around from the other side of a freeway where he had to drive cross a grassey knowel to stop me saying he though i was over the speed limit but didnt have a speed gun? and couldnt prove it i was traveling through oklahoma, going to st louis illinois and i was not even speeding. he was just wanting to stop a out of state car with a black person in it , he ask me where was i going and checked my info and let me go .. its the fact that , after all these killing the law hasnt found another method for them to stop people. other than suspicious . .hell if you run my tags in and car aint stolen , tags accurate , nobody is kidnapped matching that car type why the bs you stop me???? other then race . they were shocked to see they stop the attorney general ..,, and a controversial one who is going to the supreme court ” why didnt the SANDRA BLAND HER ?

    • Sam

      Because she cooperated with the police. Sandra Bland didn’t.

      • Falcon Q. Styles

        That’s not true. That officer wanted her to put out her cigarette while in her own car that had nothing to do with him. Then he went all super cop over stepping his bounds after she questioned reasoning as to why and refused.That doesn’t happen to white people.

        • jsy

          Sooo, they were using a special “automatic license plate camera”? I mean one that runs every plate on the road as they drive? No? Then why did they decide to run her tags in the first place?

          Speeding? Nope. Swerving? Nope. Mmmm, it is a puzzle to you isn’t it?

        • Heather Sutherland

          You are 500% correct. I can promise you, this never would have happened to me, had I done the exact same thing, simply because I am white. And I can promise you, I would have been just as frightened and hopeless as Sandra had I been in her shoes in that jail cell. They killed her.

          • disqus_S89i01JIW8

            Yes it could happen to you. There is no white privilege. It’s just an excuse made up by incompetent individuals whom made poor choices in life. If you don’t have wealth, white privilege is just a word.

          • Heather Sutherland

            You are truly incorrect. Years ago, before online bill pay was a thing, I let my car insurance lap by mistake. I live in a crowded part of Chicago, so I have to circle my neighborhood for a parking spot. One night while doing this, an officer who spotted making a U-turn at a stop sign pulled me over. When he asked for my ID and insurance, I gave it to him, and he was BEYOND friendly and overly casual about the fact my insurance was invalid. He told me he was going to have to “book me” and let me ride UN-CUFFED in his front seat on the way to the station. This was about 11pm at night. He talked to me like I was his new friend the whole trip, and when we arrived at the station, he was more than polite. He had me wait near the front desk, while he went to his superior to explain my situation and clear it up for me. I could hear him explain on my behalf what a “good girl” I am, and I signed a few sheets and took a cab home, with NOTHING on my record. TRUST ME, Sandra Bland’s treatment shook me to my core, KNOWING I did NOTHING to deserve the treatment I got, and neither did she. If you don’t see white privilege, it’s because you are refusing not to.

          • Basic

            Wow… What’s it like to live in that ivory tower?

          • Bekura Shabazz Branch

            Said the white person with the white privledge.

      • Webbski63

        For once I understand what it is she is attempting to convey and agree with her. Wonders never cease.

  • Sam

    A – They had reasonable suspicion to pull her over when her plates didn’t register
    B – They were professional and courteous
    C – She cooperated by giving the ID and identifying herself
    D – Everyone went on their way.

    End of story

    • Tavaris Hill

      @disqus_nR1AAvv5xx:disqus No, it’s not end of story. She was racially profiled and pulled over without probable cause. She was also cornered by both police officers who were looking to intimidate. He said he pulled her over because of plates and tinted windows. But he didn’t have a way to measure if her windows were too dark. I understand you don’t want to believe that racial profiling is real, but it is. And this video shows how cops are willing to pull over innocent blacks without reason.

      • The Power Broker

        Clearly Sam is a white Lad. There is no way to convince those who are blinded by their privilege to what occurs otherwise.

        • DeviousLuxray

          White, Bi, seen this shite in the tri-state NJ area for most of my bloody life. S is most likely Pro cop.

          • Sam

            Yes, I am. I have two friends that are cops, one white one black. I thank both of them for their service which people like the ones here make more difficult. People like this whine and complain about the cops… until they need them.

          • http://www.thetribesports.com/ Jamjourn

            Sam, here is the problem with the whole militarization of the police force in this country. You thank those in the Armed Forces for their service to this country. Police officers, however, are public servants doing a job. The fact that so many of those who leave the military join police forces when they return home – often using the same tactics taught to fight US enemies against US citizens – is why we have so many issues of brutality in America. There is no need to thank police for their “service.” It’s their job. A military person, however, is the one making a sacrifice to the country.

            Lastly, notice that only white people tell other people how they are being treated in America. For you, how black people feel is akin to “playing the race card.” How can whites, many of who have very little interaction with people of color, be such experts on our experience?

          • John Barre

            1. being a police officer is a volunteer just like the military and both are part of this saying…we the unappreciated must do the unimaginable..see the unthinkable to protect the ungrateful..its part of both jobs ..but I can tell u what won’t ever happen..people thinking they don’t have to abide by societies rules they think they don’t have to follow. There are checks and balances in place..officers can lawfully detain u no matter if u like it or not. As long as it follows the legal road

          • http://www.thetribesports.com/ Jamjourn

            Not true. Becoming a police officer – although at risk to life and limb on a daily basis – is NOT the same as joining up with the armed forces to serve this country. And neither is being a fireman. Participating in the military by choice can be heroic. Police officers often do heroic things. But the two endeavors are not the same.

          • Basic

            There’s a difference between “society’s rules” (aka laws) and “rules I just made up on the spot” (seems fairly common in almost every single police encounter video on the net)

          • Basic

            I will _never_ need someone who shoots without thinking and considers violence the solution to every problem, nor those who lie to cover up for others.

            A respectable, transparent, trustworthy police force working towards the common good? They’d definitely be very welcome.

            Unfortunately, officers fitting that description seem to be few and far between amongst all the power hungry little Hitlers.

        • Sam

          I AM white. Clearly you play the race-victim card whenever you can. You’ll insert race no matter what. There is no way to convince those who are determined to blame others or play the victim whenever they can. They randomly ran a tag, which has happened to me… the white lad. It came back with no record. Most often that’s an altered tag. They found out she was a state official which explained the tag. It should have ended right there.

          • Falcon Q. Styles

            That’s because you think white people should be able to get away with anything they do without recourse.Otherwise known as being white in Amerikkka.

          • The Power Broker

            Race victim card? Please stop… Why did they run her tags Sam? I’ll wait?

          • Sam

            @Power Broker. They ran her tags because they run tags ALL the time. You have probably had your plates run and didn’t know it. I had my plates run once because I was at a light in front of a cop and got pulled over for a 17 year ticket. Cops run lots of them all day because they often get reports of outstanding warrants that way. Instead of assuming the worst, with zero proof, how about you try “innocent until proven guilty”? You have no idea what was in the cop’s heart or mind. If you assume that he pulled her over because he’s white and she is black, then YOU are racially profiling the cop.

          • DeviousLuxray

            Bub the only time I ever got pulled over was while being driven to the ER by a black classmate, because couldn’t afford a 5k ambulance ride. Get real.

        • Jason Mason

          Likewise there is no way to convince black racists that not everything is about race.

          • The Power Broker

            Black Racist?? Blacks do not systematically have an ounce of power hence No Jason we can not be racist. Prejudice perhaps but never racist.

          • Jason Mason

            That argument might work in your black studies class but it will inspire laughter anywhere else.

          • The Power Broker

            You Lads are so easy to identify and very predictable. #trollon

          • Sam

            @ Power Broker “You lads”? Which lads do you mean? White lads? THAT is a racist comment. You’re as guilty as any one you point the finger at.

          • Sam

            @Power Broker Since when did racism require power? Racism just requires “prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race…” and it doesn’t require power. The white skin head in a trailer hating blacks is racist and he has no power. The black leader encouraging followers to “kill some crackers” and “kill some cracker babies” is racist. To say that a black person can’t be racist is foolish. Of course they can. Any race can be racist against any other. It doesn’t require power… just hate.

      • Sam

        Oh, she was profiled!!!! And you know this… because you were there? Maybe you know the cops personally and know they are racist? You’re a neighbor to one of them? Then again… maybe you’re the racist and you hate white cops. See I think cops, regardless of their color, do a thankless job and people like you make it harder by attacking with ZERO proof.

        • Jeffrey A. Bue

          totally agree… nothing racist here… just trying to make something out of nothing… this crap’s getting old.

          • Falcon Q. Styles

            Of course it’s nothing when you never have to deal with it and your lack of acknowledgement is also getting old.

      • GomarNahasapeemapetilon

        Racially profiled? Did you watch the video…they even said they couldn’t see in her car with all the window tint.

      • Jason Mason

        And what is your proof that she was racially profiled? You don’t have any, the fact that she is black is proof enough for you..

        Police officers did not intimidate her, you are just spewing more nonsense. She attempted to intimidate them by asking for their names as a State attorney. I guess black State attorneys are too precious to have their plates ran.

        • Tavaris Hill

          @disqus_0DA0YwzPly:disqus She was racially profiled because there was no probable cause to stop her in the first place. She wasn’t speeding and didn’t make any illegal moves while driving. And he made up the tinted windows excuse without actually having the tools to measure the percentage of the tint. Racial profiling and police brutality are real issues. We just saw a police get away with killing a black man while his wife and child was in the car. Racist police have always been an epidemic. Wake up and stop being ignorant!

          • Jason Mason

            Tavaris Hill,

            “She was racially profiled because there was no probable cause to stop her in the first place.”

            That doesn’t follow. Police stops people of all races all the time for minor reasons or no reasons at all. You don’t even know if they were able to identify her race through the tinted windows but that doesn’t stop you from jumping to conclusions.

            And by the way, police does not need probable cause to stop the driver over.

            “We just saw a police get away with killing a black man while his wife and child was in the car. Racist police have always been an epidemic.”

            A single case does not prove racist epidemic. Police kills two times as many white people as black people every year.

          • DeviousLuxray

            So your saying that in the US the police killed well over 3000 people last year? :

          • Jason Mason

            DeviousLuxray, no, I am saying that police killed two times as many white people as black people.

          • DeviousLuxray

            For the record they did, kill over 1k that is and bit more then half.

          • Sam

            @Tavaris Hill The police don’t need probable cause to stop a car. They need reasonable suspicion and when your plates don’t come back in the police database, that’s reasonable suspicion. And if you want to bring up other cases that have NOTHING to do with this, what about the black officer in Charlotte that shot an unarmed DEAF white man? Was he profiling? Was he racist?

      • John Barre

        Having tint greater than 17% is illegal soooo..that would be considered reasonable suspicion ..so ur entire paragraph is garbage. They can pull her over

        • Tavaris Hill

          @disqus_mEQPimQ6RA:disqus The cop admitted that he didn’t have a way to measure the tint so it was based on an assumption. Just understanding the racial profiling is a real problem in America. The first step to solving a problem is to admit the truth.

          • Sam

            @Tavaris Hill The tint wasn’t why they pulled her over. Her plates didn’t register on the database. This is usually because they have been altered. So they pulled her over. When they found she was a state employee, they knew why her plates weren’t registered. Many higher level state employees aren’t. End of story

    • DaTrojan

      The problem is you HAVE to establish probable cause before pulling someone over. When asked for a reason for the stop he fumbled and said the tag came back to nothing, While this doesn’t happen often, it DOES happen on occasion and while it may make the officer suspicious, it doesn’t establish probable cause of a crime being committed.

      Therefore by (foolishly) admitting on camera that he had no probable cause a crime was committed, he-broke-the-law which made than an illegal stop. She knew it and he knew as soon as he said it so he responded with the tint as a deflection probably angry he accidentally said the one thing that could get him in trouble hoping she didn’t catch it…

      • Sam

        Your term is incorrect. They don’t need ‘probable cause’, they need ‘reasonable suspicion’ and I’ll explain the difference. Probable cause is needed to arrest someone or obtain a search warrant. It is a higher standard than reasonable suspicion. But ‘reasonable suspicion’ is all that is required to pull someone over or to question them. For example, if YOU are a cop and see someone cross the middle line a couple of times, you have reasonable suspicion to suspect they may have been drinking and you can pull them over. But you can’t arrest them just on that basis. If you give them a sobriety test and they fail, you then have probable cause to arrest them. In this case, the woman’s tags did not register. THAT is reasonable suspicion and meets the standard.

    • Guest

      That was a lie. There was nothing wrong with her plates. That, tinted windows, air freshener hanging from rear view mirror and “one of your license plate bulbs is out” are all bs reasons that I have been pulled over for within the last year and a half. The real reason is I drive a 2015 luxury vehicle and live in a predominately white neighborhood. Let’s not play stupid.

      • Sam

        Yes there was something wrong with her plates. She is a State Attorney and her plates did not show up in the database. But the cops had no way to know that. Once she ID’d herself, then they knew she had a legit reason and they were happy to let it end there.

    • Bekura Shabazz Branch

      That was a lie dumb ass! Can’t you tell a lie whwn you hear it? What was there reason for running plates anyway if that was the truth? You investigate crimes you do not go out commiting fishing expeditions.

    • Shannon hannah

      The license plate number was not in the state database, which gave them probable cause to stop the car. and the officer can’t see in the car he can stop you.

  • Thedudeabides

    The other cop looked black to me.

    • dothead

      It doesn’t matter. Most of them are worst.

  • Lashaun Randolph Williams

    Wasn’t a damn thing wrong with her plates!

    • Dee Muhammad

      your right because even if it’s 4 security reasons they would come back to the force of some sort. only x plates do that is if their government plates.

      • Lashaun Randolph Williams

        Exactly. I work in Law Enforcement and some of our officers plates come back to our department.

  • Jason Mason

    Is the black state attorney too precious and special to have her plates ran?

    The only inappropriate thing in all of this was her asking officers for their names over nothing and all the implications that come with that.

    Good thing they recorded and released the tape because I’m sure whiny attorney would get them fired otherwise.

    • DaTrojan

      The problem is you HAVE to establish probable cause before pulling someone over. When asked for a reason for the stop he fumbled and said the tag came back to nothing, While this doesn’t happen often, it DOES happen on occasion and while it may make the officer suspicious, it doesn’t establish probable cause of a crime being committed.

      Therefore by (foolishly) admitting on camera that he had no probable cause a crime was committed, he-broke-the-law which made than an illegal stop. She knew it and he knew as soon as he said it so he responded with the tint as a deflection probably angry he accidentally said the one thing that could get him in trouble hoping she didn’t catch it.

      • Jason Mason

        “Therefore by (foolishly) admitting on camera that he had no probable cause a crime was committed, he-broke-the-law which made than an illegal stop.”

        Complete and utter nonsense. Probable cause is the legal standard for arrests and warrants, not for pulling someone over. To pull over a driver reasonable suspicion is enough.

        • Harrell Purnell

          And what did she do suspicious? Breathe?

          • Jason Mason

            Unregistered license plates are more than enough to raise reasonable suspicion.

        • Sam

          EXACTLY!

      • Sam

        See my note above. Probable cause is incorrect. The standard is reasonable suspicion and they had it

  • Oak510finest

    Typical race soldiers posing as cops, attempting to go after a”soft target”. Fortunately for her, she had some credentials which allowed for her safe passage.

    Again, black men, women and children. Please understand that we are in a melanin war! No matter how educated or rich you may think you are. At anytime these race soldiers posing as cops and white terrorists can make you a hashtag. So be smart and vigilant and if threatened, do not hesitate to respond accordingly.

  • Billie Jean

    How could they racially profile her with those dark tinted windows? In other words, how would they know that she is an African America? I’ve seen pictures of the car. The windows are pitch black and the sky was filled with clouds (it was also raining) making them even harder to look through. For the record I am not accusing her of perpetuating a falsehood, I am just asking the question, for which there may be a perfectly reasonable answer that I have not considered. I will post the link to the pictures below…http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4687728/Cops-pull-Florida-s-black-state-attorney.html

  • James

    This wasn’t an illegal stop for all of the “internet lawyers” and sadly I question her background in law as she doesn’t know all that much and jumps to conclusions. Plates can be run for any reason or no reason whatsoever this is not a violation of the 4th amendment. This is called a Terry Stop ( Terry v. Ohio, 392 U.S. 1 (1968). You don’t need probable cause to stop someone, only suspicion. The plate being run and returning as nothing is enough to make a stop (this has happened to me as well and one time because my care came back as a different car usually caused by a “glitch” in the DMV.) Furthermore, driving isn’t a right, its a privilege, which comes with a MUCH lower standard then that of a right does upon review. This is a legal stop and there is no issue with it.

    The added on dumbness of “the windows look dark” wasn’t bright and seemed like an attempt to deflect or it could have just been a really poor attempt at being friendly enough to say make sure you check that for the future.

  • Phyllis

    Oh course I’m sure Sam is a white guy, if not he’s just clueless. Some whites will never get it those are the ones who don’t wanna admit that there is something wrong. They will forever have their heads n the sand because why? Cause they don’t”t and can’t comprehend what it’s like to walk mile in our shoes….

  • Joe Neckbone

    I ask the she PLEASE be careful, TWO Black high profile attorneys were found dead recently, one drowned in New York, I think the other was in Alabama.

  • Rubi Con

    Maybe she got pulled over because the police had special x-ray vision goggles and they could tell she was Black behind the dark tinted windows or maybe they saw her sunny disposition and just wanted to meet such a cheerful person …. Stop playing the race card “folks”.

  • Cruddy

    Oldest excuse in the book white cops use to pull you over. If her tint was too dark why didnt they give her a ticket? The question is why did they randomly pick her plates to run.

    • La-Chanda Sexclibra Smith

      Wise words from a wise woman. The stories my father tells me, he’s 76!!

  • Matt Marriott

    Blacks (same as the rest) making headlines: ALL ACTORS
    Psy-op advances these two agendas:
    – death penalty for anyone (same as for example the fake Boston marathon bombings)
    – set the stage for the manhunt for non-whites, which for those now declared “illegals” (such as DREAMERS) already started Feb 2017.

  • mosche

    She was NOT profiled…the article failed to mention her car windows were tinted BEYOND the legal darkness and when the officers ran her license plate it came back as blank/no information. The officers couldn’t even see the race of the person inside. Typical racist, one sided “news article”.

    • Oak510finest

      Did she received a ticket for the dark windows? Who told you that all of her windows were rolled up while driving?