Election 2016

The Senate’s Only Black Republican Described His Personal Experience with Police

esquire.comSouth Carolina Senator Tim Scott is in a unique position: He is the only African-American Republican in our nation’s highest legislative body. So when Scott stood yesterday to speak on race and policing, it was something of a seminal moment. He described the unfair scrutiny he’s experienced as a black man in America, including being stopped by police seven times in one year—many times for offenses like, in his words, “driving a new car in the wrong neighborhood.” Scott also described instances when he was pulled over on a trumped up “failure to signal” charge and when an officer accused him of stealing the car he was driving. He also recounted his first experience with police.

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