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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