Traffic stop is just the latest moment in spotlight for state attorney Aramis Ayala

Traffic stop is just the latest moment in spotlight for state attorney Aramis Ayala

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A viral traffic stop, an unexpected election win and a lawsuit against one of the most powerful lawmakers in her state. If you think Florida State Attorney Aramis Ayala shies away from controversy, you haven’t been paying attention.

Earlier this week, dashcam video of an exchange between Ayala and Orlando police officers inspired both outrage and shrugs. Orlando Police and Ayala both concluded the traffic stop was lawful, but the officers’ explanation for why she was stopped — a check of her license plate came up empty, and her windows were “really dark,” — prompted some people to raise the question of racial profiling.

Ayala told CNN she wants to use the video “to have an open dialogue with the Chief of the Orlando Police Department” about how to maintain a “mutually respectful relationship between law enforcement and the community.”

Obviously the topics of race and law enforcement make a prime climate for controversy, but in her short tenure as State Attorney, and even before then, Ayala has not shied away from the storm.

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