Police to review Kentucky traffic stop of black college president

A Kentucky police department says it’s reviewing a traffic stop involving a black college president after accusations that it was racially motivated.

The Louisville Metro Police Department said it will investigate to determine whether policies and procedures were followed when the white officer stopped the Rev Kevin Cosby on September 15. 

Cosby is president of Simmons College and senior pastor of St. Stephen Church. He was driving an Audi in the West End when he was pulled over by police.

Tonight I received some very disturbing news from my parents!

They were stopped by a Louisville Metro Police officer for absolutely nothing…but for being black in West Louisville. The officer states in the video that they were pulled over for illegally turning off a street in which the officer clearly states he was unaware of. Additionally, the officer stated that they were pulled over because the license plate frame that he had around his license plate is illegal. I was unaware that this was the case in Louisville, as I have my sorority plate around my license plate also. 🤔

I never post or use Facebook (or any of my social media sites) as a sounding board, but tonight…I MUST!

My father and mother, the President and First Lady of Simmons College of Kentucky and the Pastor of Kentucky’s largest Black church was stopped tonight by a racist cop who targeted them because they were BLACK, driving a Audi, in West Louisville!

Racial profiling MUST STOP!!

Posted by Christine Cosby-Gaither on Saturday, 15 September 2018

In a video of the stop, the officer says Cosby made an improper turn and the rim around his license plate is illegal. 

‘You made an improper turn back there when you turned on to 22nd, I’m not exactly sure what street it was off of, but you made an improper turn there,’ the officer stated in the video that was shared by Cosby’s daughter, Christine Cosby-Gaither. 

‘Also, the plastic rim around the license plate – it’s illegal. That’s the reason for the traffic stop.’ 

He questions Cosby and his wife, but doesn’t issue a citation. 

Under Kentucky State Statute 186.170, frames are allowed on license plates under the condition that they won’t cover any of the vehicle’s registration information.   

Cosby’s daughter, Christine Cosby-Gaither, gathered with ministers and community leaders Tuesday in calling for a review of not only the incident but of all departmental policies.

In the video post, she also stated that she has sorority plate around her license and that she was unfamiliar with any law preventing coverings. 

‘Racial profiling MUST STOP,’ she added in the video caption of the clip that has been viewed more than 58,000 times. 

Councilman Bill Hollander, who represents the 9th District and is a Democrat, called for the police department to investigate the arrest. 

‘This appears to be one more example of racial profiling that too many people in our community face. @LMPD must thoroughly investigate & provide answers,’ he said on Twitter.  

Louisville Police Chief Steve Conrad said in a statement that the review would include how officers are trained in handling traffic stops.

According to a study from the University of Louisville, black drivers in Louisville were found to almost be twice as likely to have their car searched during a routine traffic stop than white drivers, the Journal Courier reports. 

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