Rhode Island Man, Dana Harris Jr., Pulled Over for Driving with Air Freshener in Windshield

Dana Harris Jr., is approached by Providence, R.I., officer Brian Murphy YOUTUBE SCREENSHOT
Dana Harris Jr., is approached by Providence, R.I., officer Brian Murphy
YOUTUBE SCREENSHOT

A video of a Providence, R.I., white officer stopping a 23-year-old black man for, driving with an air freshener dangling from his car windshield has gone viral. 

Dana Harris Jr. uploaded a cellphone video on YouTube after he was stopped in Mount Hope, R.I., by Providence Officer Brian Murphy on Aug. 24, according to Raw Story.

The shaky cellphone video shows a police car with flashing lights pull up behind Harris as he records the scene.

Here is the exchange in part, according to video:

“What’s the problem, big dude?” Harris says, turning the camera back on himself.

“You seen me come out of my driveway,” Harris states. “What did I do wrong?”

“License and registration, sir,” Murphy asks.

“I have a cousin who’s a Providence police officer for 23 years,” Harris says. “What’s the problem? … I’m tired of this. I’m not a gangster. I’m not a thug.”

“Insurance?” the officer asks.

After reviewing the paperwork, the officer returns it, and nods at the windshield, saying, “You can’t have this obstructing your view.”

“Come on, are you serious?”

“Yeah, I’m serious, you can’t have that there.”

“Air fresheners?” Harris asks incredulously. “That’s the reason you pulled me over?”

“Yep,” the officer says, but doesn’t give Harris a ticket.

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Source: The Root | LYNETTE HOLLOWAY

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