16 Oct 2019

Councilman Draws Fire For Behavior During Traffic Stop

A Phoenix city official is claiming that a traffic stop he had last month by Arizona State University Police was something that should never have occurred in the first place.

ABC 15 in Phoenix reports that Phoenix Councilman Carlos Garcia was stopped near the downtown ASU buildings located near Van Buren Street and First Avenue because the plate on the vehicle he was driving was suspended. 

Garcia had allegedly been driving his father’s vehicle at the time he was pulled over. However, the police bodycam video of the incident that was recently released shows the newly elected councilman being less than respectful to the officers at the scene. 

At one point, he claimed that the ASU police did not have jurisdiction over where he was pulled over. The ASU officers assured him that they did.

The officer asked for license, registration, and proof of insurance. The plate was suspended due to non-payment of insurance as of August 19th, 2019. Garcia was ticketed, but he refused to sign it.

According to political consultant Stan Barnes, Garcia has a history of being anti-police.  Garcia explained his side of the story saying, that because he is an immigrant’s rights activist, he felt he was being racially profiled by the ASU officers at the time of the stop. 

Barnes remains skeptical of the Councilman’s explanation because, at one point he plays the “do you know who I am” card. This has members of the community scrutinizing the Councilman, who was elected just six months ago.

“If you’re an elected official, and you behave in this manner, “ Barnes told ABC reporters, “it’s a bad example for anyone paying attention to the rule of law, civil society, how we are supposed to behave when we deal with men and women in blue.” 

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