The controversy over a traffic stop which occurred in August 2015 has finally come to a close, thanks to some very revealing body camera footage. Rep. Bobby Rush (D., Ill.) was pulled over by two Chicago cops, and he proceeded to do what Democrats do best. In an apparent attempt to get out of a ticket, Rush accused the officers of racial profiling. However, body cam footage of the incident tells a very different story.
Following an investigation by the Chicago Police Department’s Bureau of Internal Affairs, the two officers were cleared of racial profiling charges on Thursday. The body camera footage showed the cops did, in fact, have probable cause to pull Rush over that day, as the license plate on his Lexus RX450h was registered to a Cadillac. However, within an hour after being stopped, Rush had already filed a complaint, saying he was pulled over because of the color of his skin.
In the video, the officer remains calm and polite, even as the congressman loses his cool and becomes accusatory, saying, “I have never been so embarrassed and humiliated.” Watch for yourself:
NEW VIDEO: Congressman Bobby Rush accused the Chicago Police Department of racial profiling after this traffic stop back in August. Now, video that was just released clears the officers of wrongdoing and shows what happened.MORE: bit.ly/2kNvlWO
Posted by Fox 32 Chicago on Thursday, February 9, 2017
Chicago Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmo explained why this case makes an excellent argument for the use of body cameras:
“CPD holds itself to the highest level of integrity and professional standards. The video footage from this traffic stop provides a firsthand look into the professional actions of Chicago police officers that occur throughout the city every day. It also displays the value of body-worn camera technology that allows us to ensure investigations are guided by the facts, provide officers due process, and protect the civil rights of every Chicagoan. When officers are accused of misconduct, they are held accountable for their actions but when officers demonstrate professionalism and respect, we stand behind their actions.”
This is not the first time Rep. Rush has used ill-founded accusations of racial profiling to get attention. Indeed, he’s like the “Boy Who Cried Racism” on Capitol Hill. According to The Washington Free Beacon, in 2012, the lawmaker was kicked off of the House floor for wearing a hoodie to protest the killing of Trayvon Martin. “Just because someone wears a hoodie does not make them a hoodlum,” Rush said.
It’s a very good thing body cameras were in use when Rep. Rush was pulled over. Otherwise, the responding officers could have faced some serious repercussions going up against the word of a congressman, and one who has since been proven to be nothing more than a liar and a manipulator. What’s worse than Rush’s behavior is the fact that American citizens are actually electing people like him.