The police body cam video of Denver School Board Vice President Auon-tai “Tay” Anderson getting pulled over for speeding in a school zone doesn’t back up his claim the officer said police brutality in the black community was a myth.
Jimmy Sengenberger obtained the recording, in which the Denver officer professionally dealt with the traffic stop without racism or violence.
You can view the entire video here:
I have obtained bodycam footage of last week’s traffic stop involving @DPSNewsNow Board VP Auon’tai Tay Anderson for speeding in a school zone.
— Jimmy Sengenberger (@SengCenter) September 15, 2022
The officer told Anderson he clocked him for speeding 35 in a 25 mph zone at Montbello High School.
Officer: May I see your license and registration please?
Anderson: Permission to pull it out of my pocket?
Officer: Uh, yeah, I’ve asked you for certain documents, I expect you to reach around and get them.
Anderson: I just don’t want to get shot by you.
Officer: Well, that’s a myth.
Anderson: I don’t believe that’s a myth. I have to reach into my (glovebox) and grab my registration.
Officer: All right. I’ve already told you that I expect you to be reaching around for things you don’t have to ask me for permission to retrieve the documents I’ve asked for.
Anderson: I have a problem with you also. I’m just making sure that I can get them.
Just to recap, Anderson didn’t bother apologizing for speeding in a school zone endangering children, this was his public statement:
As a Black man in America, I was raised that when you encounter law enforcement, you must remain calm and ensure that your hands are visible at all times. This is because, time and time again, Black Americans have been the ongoing victims of police brutality. I did just that and even asked permission to retrieve my documents to provide to the officer. However, I was disappointed by a comment that the officer made as my hands were raised, and that was him calling police brutality in the Black community a “myth.” I have contacted Denver Police to review the footage to ensure that no other person within our communities is subjected to insensitive remarks like that in the future.
The officer didn’t say police brutality in the Black community was a myth. But it’s certainly a myth that police ask people for their ID and registration then shoot them when they start rummaging around their car for their license and registration.
Anderson was so incensed at getting the ticket, he had school officials ask the police officer to stop conducting traffic control and enforcement of the school zone speed limit on the first day of school.
If a child had been hit by a speeding car because there was no law enforcement there to enforce the law, Anderson’s ego would be to blame.