ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — There was nothing unusual about a June 19 traffic stop in Orlando — except the driver happened to be Florida’s first African-American state attorney, Aramis Ayala, who also happens to be in a legal fight with the governor over the death penalty.
Two Orlando police officers told the anti-death penalty prosecutor they stopped her because her car’s tag didn’t come back registered to any vehicle and because the windows were tinted. They were polite, and Ayala said in a statement that the stop appears to be consistent with Florida law.
She also said she violated no law and sees the incident as a point of dialogue with the police chief as she seeks a constructive relationship between police and the community.
Ayala’s refusal to seek the death penalty has riled Gov. Rick Scott.