Facebook lights up in response to ‘racist’ police reports. Then bodycam videos are released.

Two stories in which a police officer was accused of racism during a traffic stop have made headlines this week. In the first, a South Carolina woman claimed she was “bullied by a racist cop, who threatened to pull [her] out of the car,” during a traffic stop last month. But when the officer’s body camera footage was released, it told a very different story. [Read more on this story here.]

In the second reported incident, the Rev. Jerrod Moultrie, a South Carolina NAACP president, claimed he was racially profiled during a recent traffic stop. “Tonight, I was racially profiled by Timmonsville Officer CAUSE I WAS DRIVING A MERCEDES BENZ AND GOING HOME IN A NICE NEIGHBORHOOD,” he wrote in a Facebook post. Once again, bodycam footage emerged and flipped the story’s entire narrative on its head. [Read the full story here.]

“Each of them completely made up their story about how the cops treated them,” said Pat Gray on “News and Why it Matters” today. He added, “Think of how dangerous that is. You could cause race riots over that kind of stuff … it’s dangerous for the police, it’s dangerous for the community, and they don’t care.”

Watch the video above to hear the crew of the “News and Why it Matters” discuss the story.

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