Minnesota state Democratic Rep. John Thompson allegation that he was pulled over by a police officer on July 4 due to racism are now in question after new information has been revealed.
In addition, the lawmaker presented the officer with his Wisconsin driver’s license after he had been pulled over for driving with a missing license plate, raising concerns as Thompson must legally reside in the Minnesota district where he serves.
State Rep. John Thompson in newly released body cam video of July 4 stop: “I’m actually a current state representative in this district right here, man.”
Sergeant: “With a Wisconsin license?”
Thompson: “Yeah with a Wisconsin license. I’m state Rep. John Thompson.” pic.twitter.com/OuMXbeZLf4
— Theo Keith (@TheoKeith) July 13, 2021
Further complicating matters is a trial this week involving a 2019 obstruction charge.
The police officer body camera footage released revealed no details that supported Thompson’s claim he was pulled over due to racism.
“Representative Thompson’s false allegation of racism to deflect from his own egregious behavior is unconscionable and completely unjustifiable,” said St. Paul Police Federation President Mark Ross in a statement, according to The Washington Times.
“His audacious claims against a St. Paul police officer are simply nonsense,” he added.
Instead of explaining his actions or apologizing, Thompson said in a statement in the Pioneer Press, “I was pulled over in what is referred to as a pretextual traffic stop,” said Mr. Thompson in the Monday statement. “The same type of stop that led to the killing of Philando, as well as Daunte Wright this April.”