Body Cam Shows What It’s Like to Have a License Plate Light Out in a Police State

Wednesday, August 2, 2017
By Paul Martin

By Jack Burns
August 2, 2017

Chicago, IL — It took police less than 60 seconds to yank 20-year-old Corey Williams out of his car and place him in handcuffs, all for failing to use his turn signal, and having a burned out license plate light. Those are the reasons why Chicago police said they had probable cause to pull him over. But Williams’ subsequent arrest for “resisting arrest” and the interactions the officers had with onlookers is the subject of a more serious discussion about police use of force and harassment of the African American community under a police state.

Williams stopped to fill up his gas tank but ended up face down on the ground in handcuffs. While, arguably, no laws were supposedly broken, Williams claimed he was racially profiled so officers could search his vehicle for guns or drugs.

So after they pulled me over, they were trying to find something, like, ‘OK, maybe this is the reason we pulled him over.’

From the body camera footage worn by one of the officers, it appears Williams was in a state of shock when he was confronted by Chicago police at the Southend gas station. “Are you serious?” he kept repeating, all the while cooperating with police.

He lowered the window as instructed, took out his keys, and must have presumed the police wanted him to step out of the vehicle. He moved to exit the vehicle and was immediately reprimanded by the police officer who, of course, demanded 100 percent compliance with his orders.

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