Former CNN host pulled over for ‘driving while black’
A former CNN anchor on Monday said he was “pissed beyond words” after he was stopped by police for “driving while black.”
T.J. Holmes, who now hosts Don’t Sleep for BET, live-tweeted the entire traffic stop, but did not indicate where in Georgia he had been pulled over.
“Driving while black ain’t no joke!” Holmes wrote along with a photo of a police car in his rearview mirror.
“Yep, in sitting on the side of the road 1 mile from my house with 2 cop cars behind me,” he continued. “Officer has yet to give a reason for why he stooped [sic] me.”
Holmes later added: “This is a damn shame. Officer is literally stumbling over his words trying to explain why he stopped me. … Officer’s reason for pulling me over: ‘wanted to make sure you have insurance on the car.’ I kid you not.”
About an hour later, the journalist explained that he had “managed to avoid jail time,” but his relationship with the county police might have “soured a bit.”
“Still pissed beyond words right now. But Lord knows I’m not the only this will happen to today. #showmeyourpapers,” Holmes said.
(h/t: The Huffington Post)