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Only African-Americans (Blacks) are stopped by white police officers because of  air fresheners nationwide

by AfroWorldNews

The mother of a 20-year-old Black man who was fatally shot by Minnesota police this week says it all started when police pulled her son over for having air fresheners in his car.

The laws have led to vehement complaints from civil rights advocates who say police have been using this obscure law as an excuse to stopping Black motorists. At least five other states — California, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Texas, and Illinois — have such laws, but the total number is unclear. The National Conference of State Legislatures does not track such legislation. The American Civil Liberties Union, which has sharply criticized such traffic stops, was unsure how many states allow them.

Brad Haywood, executive director of Justice Forward Virginia, an advocacy organization for criminal justice reform, said as a public defender, he’s represented dozens of people who have been pulled over for having items dangling from their rearview mirrors, including air fresheners and rosary beads.

“I do not remember in my career as a defense attorney representing someone stopped for an obstructed view who was white,” he said. “It’s just been Black and brown people.”

In Bakersfield, California, the city agreed to a $60,000 settlement in a lawsuit filed by a Black man who alleged he was arrested in 2017 when he refused to answer questions after police stopped the car he was riding in for trivial reasons, including air fresheners hanging from the rearview mirror. The lawsuit said the man was jailed for 12 hours but was never charged with a crime. The city made no admission of liability.

AFRO WORLD NEWS

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