The only thing equal about racism appears to be how it’s distributed, meaning your professional of class status doesn’t make you immune to its striking effects. Unfortunately, Florida State Attorney Aramis Ayala got a dose of that cold hard medicine after being pulled over by police in Orlando. Ayala is the only Black female state attorney in the state of Florida.
The video comes from the Florida police officer’s body camera, which shows Ayala pulling out her license to show the two white police officers, who stood on each opposite end of her car. After handing the body-cammed police officer her license, you can hear him asking about the state attorney symbol on the license. She then confirmed that she was, in fact, a state attorney.
After Ayala began questioning the reasons behind the traffic stop, you can hear the officers stumbling over their words in attempt to find a reason. The reasons ranged from “tinted windows” to “routinely running tags for stolen cars.” The officer claimed that Ayala’s tag didn’t come up when they ran them and they were suspicious of her dark windows, despite not having the device to measure the window’s tint.
Ayala, obviously knowing her rights, deftly asked the officers for their business cards, which they didn’t have on their person so they instead opted on writing their names and employee IDs on a piece of paper.
Side-eyes abound! And I’m not the only one…
Welp, I’m sure these officers won’t hear the end of this.