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Jon Jones accuses police officer of racial profiling

By Peter Erick Magbanua@dakelsmb on
Jon Jones insists that the officer who pulled him over was racially profiling him because he is “black.”

Jon Jones might get away with his recent run-in with the law as the officer who pulled him over was reported to have been accused of racial profiling “black” people.

According to MMAmania, Jones was not the first person to get racially discriminated by Officer Jason Brown of the Albuquerque Police Department (APD) as he himself posted a mini video clip on his Instagram account that the officer is being sued by another person for racial profiling.

The news could be of good use for Jones when he goes to court on May 11 to prove his innocence for the alleged drag racing citations issued to him few weeks back.

The citation together with other alleged violation earned Jones added burden as he was jailed for 48-hours and was sentence for additional community service. Worse, he was told to get a driving permit from his parole officer for him to drive his own vehicle.

“Officer Brown all over the news in Albuquerque after reporters dig up how many times he has been in trouble for racial profiling in the past. Being a father of biracial children, I’m definitely not one to pull the race card. At the same time, I’m not necessarily surprised about this discovery after the run in I had with him. Having him stand there, look me in the eyes and start accusing me of several things him and I both know I didn’t do made me feel let down by the community, made me feel powerless, he made me feel like what was actually true had no power over him,” Jones said.

Jones added that now he totally understands why people hold resentment towards law enforcers nowadays. He further stated that what happened to him destroyed his trust towards those who are tasked to implement and enforce the laws, who he idolized since his childhood.

“The sad thing about it is, I actually went to school for criminal justice, I wanted to be an officer myself. Fortunately I know better than to let one person ruin my views of a whole group. Just glad people are finally bringing light to who I was dealing with that night. Now it’s easier for me to understand why so many people hold resentment towards law enforcement. Officer Brown almost single-handedly ruined my trust in law-enforcement,” Jones explained.

TMZ reported that Jones maintains his innocence on the incident and that his outburst of emotion that led to the heated verbal exchange with Officer Brown was because of his emotional stress of being accused of something that he did not do. He added that the five citations issued against him on March 25 was definitely racial profiling.

However, the APD maintained that Officer Brown followed all protocol during the incident with Jones and added that they do not see any pattern of racial profiling in Officer Brown’s history of being a law enforcer.

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