Councilman Claims Racial Profiling By Cop, Then Police Release Truth

Montgomery County Councilman William Jawando accused a Maryland state trooper of racial profiling on social media

Silver Spring, MD – A Montgomery County councilman accused a state trooper of racial profiling in a Facebook post on Saturday but the Maryland State Police said the man was simply stopped for a traffic violation.

Montgomery County Councilman William Jawando posted a lengthy diatribe on his personal Facebook page on Saturday evening that described his encounter with a Maryland state trooper at 6:30 a.m. on June 8.

Jawando began by writing that he had been “pulled over for the umpteenth time” in his life.

“Officer: I stopped you because you stopped on the stop line at the last light. (I was stopped right next to another car at the light side by side).

First question: Is this your car? (because of course a black Lexus couldn't be mine).

Me: Yes

Second question: Do you have any outstanding warrants or points?

Me: No

Officer: I need to see your license and registration.

Me: May I reach into my pocket to retrieve my license and registration?

Officer: Yes, slowly.

Me: While passing them to him I say, I'm a Montgomery County Councilmember.

Officer: What did you say?

Me: I'm on the Montgomery County Council

Officer: Oh. (Suprised)[sic]”

Jawando wrote that the trooper went back to his cruiser to run his license and then returned to the car and told the councilman that he was giving him a warning.

“As I try to relax from the encounter, I realize this was a classic ‘pretextual stop,’ when an officer stops a driver for an minor traffic violation to allow them to then investigate a separate and unrelated, suspected criminal offense,” he explained. “These stops are used disproportionately against African Americans and people of color and are ripe for racial profiling. Fortunately, I resorted to my ‘training’ honed over years of similar stops.”

“But I couldn't stop thinking about what happens to the young man or women who's not a lawyer or a county councilmember, hasn't honed their training on how to survive a stop, has an outstanding traffic ticket or bench warrant they don't know about and how this situation could have escalated,” Jawando continued. “Aside from the fact that the 4th Amendment barring illegal search and seizure should mean something, these tactics erode public trust in law enforcement and must stop.”

But the Maryland State Police have said that the Montgomery County councilman has completely mischaracterized the incident and that the state trooper did not even know the driver’s race or gender when he made the stop.

“The trooper initiated the traffic stop simply because of the violation he observed. This was not a pretextual stop,” Maryland State Police Spokesman Greg Shipley told WTOP. “The vehicle had passed and stopped in front of him. He did not know the race or sex of the driver before stopping the vehicle.”

“Trooper Shu saw a vehicle pass his car, cross the stop line and enter the intersection before stopping,” Shipley said.

Jawando told WTOP that he also objected to the trooper asking him if the vehicle was his or he had any warrants during the stop.

Shipley said that Trooper Shu, who works out of the Rockville Barrack, routinely checks the ownership of a vehicle during a traffic stop.

He also said that the trooper had used his discretion in deciding not to issue Jawando a ticket for not having a valid driver’s license with him, WTOP reported.

Jawando said he had lost his wallet, including his driver’s license, before the traffic stop.

He told WTOP he had already applied online for a duplicate but that the license didn’t arrive until two days after his encounter with the state trooper.

Shipley said that Trooper Shu only issued Jawando a warning for the intersection violation and let him off the hook for the missing license.

Comments (61)
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Mig Alley
Mig Alley

What's in your wallet mofo? 😲

LEO0301
LEO0301

Oh, poor, poor, pitiful me...I'm blaaaaaack and no one likes me. Boo F'ing Hoo

We now live in world where you're considered a racist if you happen to be a white man driving a black car. Heaven forbid if you should order your coffee black from a person who has parched skin. How dare you, you waysist!!!

LEO0301
LEO0301

Oh, and also the officer should sue him for his false accusation. That's the only way to stop this idiotic behavior. Sue them each and every time.

Thinblueline
Thinblueline

His training on how to survive police encounters, what a fucking piece of shit!! What would another person do without his skills if they had a warrant, they would step out of the car and be placed in handcuffs and taken to jail, and that would be the end of it, if they are a normal person..fuck this guy.

usac95
usac95

OH you Jawando feeling sorry for your self his thought was to race card this officer for the traffic stop and look like a hero that night well now you have turned into the racist you always want to post have a great day you donkey ass

merlin9
merlin9

"has an outstanding traffic ticket or bench warrant they don't know about".....How the hell is this gonna happen, unless you CHOOSE to ignore notifications that are sent by mail?

Mig Alley
Mig Alley

The dog ate my wallet 🙄

JohnWick
JohnWick

Wow, good thing he wasn't white, they shoot those guys twice as much!

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

"Fortunately, I resorted to my ‘training’ honed over years of similar stops.”

Yes, you are a black belt in being a NWA. Congratulations.

thebronze
thebronze

Racial Grievance POS...

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

Another entitled liberal professional victim POS!!! The officer needs to get a copy of the on-line post and sue this lying scumbag!!

User 69
User 69

Always an excuse because of their race !

ALL races matter , & should be treated the same. ! Accept the blame ‘ be s man instead of excuses & being a wimp

OldVet
OldVet

Officer should sue for false accusations.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

From the "victim's" own mouth: "“He’s saying that my wheel touched the stop line, and so my point is, even if it were true (that) part of my wheel touched the line, being pulled over for that is a pretextual stop,” Jawando said.

Translation: even if I do commit the violation, that doesn't mean I should be held accountable. Further translation: certain rules should not apply to certain races. additional translation for those who don't get it: when the rules are applied to all people, including non-whites, it is a racist when an officer witnesses a violation and initiates a traffic stop, despite not knowing the drivers race, when the non-white driver commits the violation. And for the people in the back: there should be two sets of rules, one for white people that they all need to follow, and one for non-white people, and how dare LEO apply the white man's rules to non-whites, because that's just racist.

checksix
checksix

Black Privilege. But then, I always love the (no matter what color of the skin), "Do you know who I am?"

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

There is always race involved because the person claims there is race involved...Silly!!

Suekat54
Suekat54

Of course , use the "I'm Important!" card, and let's not forget his "training"...obviously, he's still in training! Being stopped for the umpteenth time? I disagree with letting this self-important ass off with just a warning - he should have had to pay for his continuing ignorance! ANYONE else would have gotten the ticket, but we wouldn't repeat the actions that resulted in the necessity for the stop, because WE obey the law - especially if we have to pay! What a dumbass!

BlueLM101
BlueLM101

This is getting old!

militans Deo
militans Deo

The Trooper should have cited him, rather than rely on his word that he was a council member. At least he would have a citation he could complain about.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

Soon you will not be able to drive on the blacktop just the pavement, will not be able to order your coffee black, need to be labeled as a power outage and not a blackout , Black Friday shopping will be a thing of the past, forget about listening to any Black Sabbath or the Stones "Paint it Black" , your bruises will not be allowed to turn black &blue, you will need to pass out and not have a black out, only whitewall tires will be allowed to be sold , coal will need to be described differently, no more Black Russians served at a bar. There,.... that should make them PC happy, eh?

Wish505
Wish505

Another TND.

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

Sounds like a proactive officer to me. Bet he's found lots of drugs, wanted people and more stopping people for minor infractions. I'm sure he couldn't care less what race this idiot is, let alone that he is a council member (big f'in whoop t doo)

hampshire
hampshire

Pulling Race card, sad call from an elected official ..

LunaMay
LunaMay

Always playing victim, pulling race card and accusing cops of ridiculous bs. Smfh

MSK
MSK

I’ve never found it necessary to tell a police officer my occupation ( in this case a really important council member) when stopped. A black man, especially a black politician should definetly be immune from being stopped for a traffic violation. Isn’t that in the statute?SMDH

61mouse
61mouse

Maybe when the LEOs pull over these assholes that think they are important they should release the body cam at end of shift . Seeing that when these assholes go on FB or any place else and tell a BS STORY then when the REAL TRUTH COMES OUT NO one cares . So LEOs get the jump on the assholes

Bonnie Reynolds
Bonnie Reynolds

He also was using his position by telling the Officer he was a Councilmember, at no point does it say the Officer asked about his employment.

BDV123
BDV123

Something tells me he is up for re-election!