- Associated Press - Saturday, December 12, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - A black North Carolina legislator says race is behind his traffic stop for not wearing a seatbelt.

WBTV (https://bit.ly/1RJbgMO) obtained a copy of dash camera video of Highway Patrol troopers stopping Democratic Rep. Cecil Brockman of Guilford County on Nov. 30 in Archdale. WBTV reports that in phone calls and email, Brockman says the traffic stop was motivated by race.

The video shows Brockman telling a trooper that he’s a state representative. He says he did so to make it easier for troopers to identify him.

The video shows troopers weren’t sure how to run Brockman’s legislative license plate and used his vehicle identification number instead. Brockman says the troopers were excessive and trying to confirm that he hadn’t stolen the car.

Highway Patrol spokeswoman Pam Walker says the video shows troopers are professional.


Information from: WBTV-TV, https://www.wbtv.com/

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