After Minnesota state Rep. John Thompson (D) claims he was racially profiled, police in St. Paul, Minnesota, released bodycam footage of a traffic encounter involving him on Tuesday.
Thompson was pulled over by a St. Paul police officer just after midnight on July 4 because he was driving without a front license plate, which is prohibited in Minnesota. Thompson alleged that the officer pulled him over because he was black during the traffic stop and afterwards in a statement.
The officer approaches Thompson’s vehicle at the start of the video. According to the police department, the audio was quiet at first because the bodycam was buffering.
As the audio starts, the officer asks Thompson, “Why in such a hurry?”
“I don’t think I took off like a bat out of hell, I just drove off,” Thompson replied.
The officer noticed that Thompson’s license is from Wisconsin as he and Thompson go through the lawmaker’s insurance and license. Thompson stated in a