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Wisconsin cop allegedly pointed gun at black man in traffic stop because he was ‘not white’

August 22, 2018 at 10:00 am | News

Farida Dawkins

Farida Dawkins | Contributor

August 22, 2018 at 10:00 am | News

Black driver stopped (left), Milwaukee Sheriff Department (right)...composite

A speeding driver who was stopped on the streets of Milwaukee on Sunday was told that a gun was drawn on him “because he’s not white.” As reported by WTMJ-Milwaukee.

In a video that went viral on Twitter, a black man behind the wheel of a red vehicle is stopped on 14th and Walnut.  The driver asks, “why you got your guns pointed at me though?”

An unidentified voice utters the racist statement, although it is unclear who made the comment as the camera pans back and forth between the driver and the cops.

Acting Milwaukee County Sheriff Richard Schmidt nevertheless, disputes the allegations.

Schmidt said during a press conference held on Sunday night, “I have gone through the videos myself. I continue to watch them and I am thoroughly convinced that none of my officers was involved in making any unprofessional or racially-motivated type statement.”

He also added that his deputies drew their guns because the driver aged 26 and his 16-year-old passenger were not following commands.

Schmidt also confirmed interviewing all three of the officers involved in the altercation right after it occurred. He claims the comment was made by an additional person not seen in the video.

The driver’s car was towed and he was given multiple citations.

Schmidt confirmed that any officer who makes racially insensitive comments would be immediately suspended.

“This sheriff will not tolerate any type of racial statements that are potentially made,” he stressed.

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