VIDEO: Anti-Police City Councilman Outraged Cops Stopped Him For Suspended Plate

Phoenix City Councilman Carlos Garcia argued with Arizona State University police during a traffic stop in September.

Phoenix, AZ – A belligerent Phoenix city councilman argued with Arizona State University (ASU) police and threatened to have them fired during a traffic stop in September (video below).

ASU police stopped Phoenix City Councilman Carlos Garcia near Van Buren Street and First Avenue on Sept. 10, after the license plate on his vehicle came back as suspended, KNXV reported.

The officers approached Garcia and told him why he was pulled over, but the confrontational councilman declared that the officers had no jurisdiction off of the ASU campus, bodycam footage showed.

“I don’t believe you have jurisdiction,” he told the officer, according to KNXV. “I need an explanation as to what you were doing parked at the Bank of America running plates.”

The officer assured Garcia that they had jurisdiction, but he persisted.

“I had explained to Garcia that I was a certified police officer through the state of Arizona,” one of the officers later wrote in his report, according to KNXV.

"My concern is that you're out of jurisdiction,” the councilman argued. “This is downtown Phoenix.”

“Yes, and our campus is right there,” a second officer responded, noting the ASU campus across the street.

“Okay, I’m not here to sit and argue with you, sir, what you do and don’t believe,” the initial officer said.

Garcia handed over the documents the officers requested, then urged them to wrap things up “as quick as possible” because he had “a meeting to go to,” the video showed.

Police soon determined that the insurance on the vehicle was canceled in August for nonpayment, KNXV reported.

They cited the councilman for the traffic violation, but he refused to sign the ticket.

“I just need to look into that more to figure out how to get you guys out of here,” the councilman told the officers at one point, bodycam footage showed.

“Get us out of here?” the officer asked. “Good luck with that.”

“Well, do you wanna see who I am?” Garcia spouted, just before the officers walked away and returned to their patrol vehicle.

Political expert Stan Barnes said that Garcia’s behavior towards the officers could negatively impact his relationships with other city leaders.

“The elected official who plays the, 'Do you know who I am card?' is an elected official that is suffering from a lack of understanding of their office," Barnes told KNXV. "I think it makes him continually radioactive as someone to try to do business with, try to make decisions on the city council. It colors everything in a very bad way and will probably hurt his own relationships with other councilmen that are needed in order for the city to function.”

Garcia claimed that he did not know the vehicle’s plates were suspended because the vehicle belongs to his father.

“In no way am I disputing the citation itself," he told KNXV in an interview as he continued to insist he's the one in the right. "What I am disputing is the priorities that the ASU Police Department sets.”

Garcia said that when the officer asked him for his social security number, it “triggered something” in him, so he refused.

“It really made me question even further why they were doing what they were doing," he said. "I thought as an immigrant rights activist and a police accountability activist for a long time, I’m concerned that a stop like that can end up in deportation proceedings or escalating to something else.”

The councilman doubled-down on his accusations that the ASU police should not have been patrolling the area where he was pulled over.

"Their job is to patrol ASU campus. That’s where they should stay,” he declared. “I wasn’t sure why I was being pulled over, right? It looked like profiling.”

Garcia further claimed that the only reason he wanted to tell the officers that he was a member of the city council was “to let them know…why I was important that I was asking those questions,” KNXV reported.

You can watch bodycam footage of the officers’ encounter with Garcia in the video below:

Comments (74)
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Heezels
Heezels

Lol just a mixture of anti-police rhetoric and fear over knowing he didn’t have his paperwork in order. What a loser.

Dutchuncle
Dutchuncle

Don't tell me, He's a DUMBOCRAT,,,,RIGHT?

Dutchuncle
Dutchuncle

Question, HOW THE HELL does this traffic stop end up with a deportation order...IS he here Illegally or is there something else going on here?

floridacop
floridacop

I like the fact he thought this would lead him to being deported. If that was the case I believe that would have started a long time ago and he would not hold office. Then there is the profiling allegations. Abuse of power or attempts to abuse his power

Janken
Janken

How bad is that. He needs to be kicked out. MUST BE A DEMOCRAT. Excuses. Oh city council member. Oooooooh. PROFILED. Wrong you have no license or insurance you idiot

Texaslawman
Texaslawman

Another entitled jackass city official that thinks he is above the law.

flybynight
flybynight

What he is is a jackass of the highest order!!!

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

Racial profiling? He's Hispanic and lives in Phoenix where many, many Hispanics live.........Duhhhhhhhh. If you did the wrong thing, you'll be pulled over if they saw it. I'm so sick of this. No one seems accountable for anything they do. He made a huge mistake and made himself look bad and it went on air. Stupid is as stupid did.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

12 days after he was sworn in, he was interviewed by ABC 15 Arizona, and called for the firing of two police officers who arrested shoplifters, and discipline for all other officers involved in the arrest. He called the use of force by police a human rights crisis...

It really stinks that activists like this guy are getting elected all over the US. That's a real crisis.

Radicon71
Radicon71

If an off duty cops sees a crime out of his jurisdiction I would commend him to jump in. Lets not play the not my job game in a country that needs all the help it can. Screw that official.

Sgt188
Sgt188

Was car towed, not registered, not insured? Or is Arizona different than most states? Another privileged transplant (or is he a born citizen who happens to be an idiot)?

LitheSteel
LitheSteel

Look at him. Vato

BlueLM101
BlueLM101

Dumb

walkintall
walkintall

Profiled as an ass-wipe.

ArizonaG30
ArizonaG30

typical my poop don't stink pos. He better learn the law

NickyJ
NickyJ

What a jankie loser grow up Mr. Do you want to see who I am. Who cares who you are.

Superboomer
Superboomer

Who in the hell votes Morons like this into office?

duke-one
duke-one

One of the main reasons our country is in the trouble it is due to officials from the bottom to the top think they deserve special perks and a get out of jail card.

Grampsdeal
Grampsdeal

...just another, self-entitled, POS whom thinks their S*** don't stink...screw you you miserable snowflake, if your registration is expired, suck it up! You are a piece of liberal smear on the toilet paper, swipe of, I hope I wiped, but not quite, my bum clean...typical retarded liberal mentality. Go suck your hind tittie...

Satchmoeddie
Satchmoeddie

Another liberal activist MORON. When ASU opened their ASU West Campus I was coming from a friend's house. There were Phoenix Police, Mesa Police, Tempe Police, Scottsdale Police, and an ASU Police car all coming back into town going 65 MPH in the left lane of I-17. I fell in behind all of the municipal cop cars and got pulled over by the ASU campus cop. I ask, "Do you have jurisdiction off campus?", "Yes", "Well okay then, I did not know that, and I am NOT going to argue with that fact either, as you learn by doing.", and he was student learning about police work. I got off with a warning too. I did let my dog play some mind games with him, but that was her thing not mine. So ASU cops have had jurisdiction just like any cops did and they still do. Get used to it. More cops is not a bad thing! Make sure the vehicle you are driving is properly insured and shut the _____ up! I am dealing with some underinsured high risk dipwad right now. They should have pulled the plates off his vehicle and towed it on the spot. What if he hits some poor bastard. He won't have any insurance. He would probably be gone like the wind too. How do these colostomy bags get elected in the first place? My plate comes back as a licensed concealed carry card holder, with valid registration and valid car insurance, not an idiot with cancelled car insurance. Remember that cop just wants to do his/her job and go home to his/her family at the end of the day too. Have some respect. Have some empathy. Have some understanding. If you want to argue, save that for a judge or maybe a call to IAD. The roadside traffic stop is not the proper place for it.

reverett456117502
reverett456117502

Time for a RECALL election, if AZ has those? What a joke and a jerk!!!!! Why do people believe when they are elected to City Councils, Mayor's and/or put in other high ranking positions within a City or County, they think they have carte blanche to do whatever they want without fear of a ticket or being arrested? You were elected, in most cases to a temporary job, not appoint King of the Country!!!!! Time for this bird to go bye-byes!!!!!! Again, what a joke!

BarbMomof5
BarbMomof5

Considering that he’s shown his True Colors he should be removed from his position and if that’s not possible I would monitor and question everything he does.

Vodkabreakfast
Vodkabreakfast

His poor self image and unbalanced grasp of responsibility is made loud and clear by the way he projects his prejudices onto whoever interrupts his passage towards the status of Ultimate Victim. If he couldn’t identify as downtrodden he would have to rely on merit in his life - and hard work doesn’t market well to the buyers of easy answers.

TrueAmerican
TrueAmerican

I see what he is a POS!!! 🤣🤣🤣

The express
The express

Just another asshole liberal with a little power. Never vote for a Democrat.

bryantrent
bryantrent

Oh please

miwrn
miwrn

Many years ago I had an area supervisor at work ask me, 'Do you know who I am?' and I answered, Why, Did you forget? That god I was in a union.

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

Another entitled liberal piece of shit that thinks the laws don't apply to him and pulls every excuse not to take accountability for his failures!!! The way he treated these officers, that should have got him removed from the city council!! F••king asshole!!

Raymelson
Raymelson

No one should be above the law an this dude has no respect for anyone or anything an should be put out of office asap

Stanracer
Stanracer

Another entitled, police hating liberal politician who thinks he is above the law. Seems like there are a lot of them these days. Sad display of self importance.

Anomie88
Anomie88

Someone please tell him he isn't a politician in MEXICO. He is in the USA and here, nobody is above the law. Liberal democrats love saying that nobody is above the law (When referring to Trump), but they always love disobeying the law and flaunt that hypocritical, self-righteous nonsense for everyone to see (Insert Biden's blackmail of Ukraine.)

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

He should have been told to act like an adult instead of a mad juvenile delinquent. I would have asked him if this is the way he treats his constituents. He was extremely unprofessional. Had he refused to sign the ticket he should have been warned he would be taken to jail and if he still refused, the action should have been taken.

61mouse
61mouse

Should check to see if he's legal

Zoe.S.
Zoe.S.

Suspended license plates, give him a summons and tow the vehicle.

Debkk9
Debkk9

another arrogant entitled asshole. Don't give a shit who you are..you were driving a car with suspended plates and no insurance. When you started with that do you know who I am crap..tow the car to impound...you can hoof it home jackass

Jones24
Jones24

Worthless!

Inquirer63
Inquirer63

Another arrogant and egotistical public official who pulls the “do you know who I am” card, forgetting that he is a public servant and not our ruler. Looks like a totally justified stop to me, and his ethnic background and role as an “immigration rights activist and a police accountability activist are irrelevant ... just so much fluff in this case. I wonder if the city needs a “city councilman accountability” activist.

DR226
DR226

I think ICE should take a look at his district. It's most likely populated with illegals from Mexico who voted him in. Demorats will do anything for votes.

GeeGirl
GeeGirl

The gall of people who think they are self - entitled!!!!

StevenF
StevenF

“Well, do you wanna see who I am?”

Sir, I already know you are driving a vehicle with suspended plates and cancelled insurance. The law applies to everyone.

I WISH I could see the response to that statement that the officer didn't make.

Arctic50
Arctic50

So was the insurance still cancelled on the vehicle also? If only he had been in GA. We would have impounded his car 🤣