Racial Profiling Protest Hits Florissant Police Department

The police to stop you on the street, demand your identification, and check it for outstanding traffic warrants, paraphrasing new U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

In a 5 to 3 vote, the U.S Supreme Court handed down a ruling in the Utah v Strieff case. The court went in favor of Utah police, who pulled over Edward Strieff for the reason that he had left a suspected drug house. When pulled over, Strieff had a warrant for a traffic violation and had narcotics and drug paraphernalia.

It is asserted that the motivation behind the Supreme Court ruling motivated officer Dustin Edwards of the Florissant Police Department to pull Tranell Stewart, 36 over on June 26. But a greater assertion is made of the fact that Stewart was Black.

Stewart who gave account of the ordeal said that “As I walk into Motel 6 lobby, he’s getting ready to come out. He holds the door for me to go in. So he knows I’ve been to that establishment. He knows that I wasn’t there loitering. As soon as I leave, he pulls me over immediately.”

In the quest to find what his offence was, Officer Edwards said no law was broken and that he just wanted to assess Stewart. Police backup arrived at the scene and Stewart was yanked aggressively from his vehicle by Edwards and his rights were never respected. Stewart was taken into St. Louis County Police custody for his warrant.

Disheartening as it is, Florissant Police Department hasn’t held Stewart or even made him post a bond. But then, Stewart has filed complaints against the officer and the Police Department as what is seen as racial profiling.

We are proud of Stewart for his protests since it is a great step in the fight against racism, injustices, and police brutalities. However, the new U.S. Supreme Court ruling complicates his complaint.

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