A black driver was recently pulled over by a white police officer in Providence, Rhode Island, for having an air freshener inside his car (video below).
In the video, the driver repeatedly asks the police officer why he has been pulled over, but the cop ignores the question and keeps asking for his license, registration and proof of insurance.
After the driver provides all of these documents, the cop finally reveals the issue: An air freshener inside the man's car that could supposedly obstruct his vision, notes The Free Thought Project.
TheNewspaper.com reported in July that the 5th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled in a case that air fresheners could be a sign of criminal activity:
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"We do have concerns that classifying pro-law enforcement and anti-drug stickers or certain religious imagery as indicators of criminal activity risks putting drivers in a classic 'heads I win, tails you lose' position.
"But we need not decide whether these items alone, or in combination with one another, amount to reasonable suspicion because we find the more suspicious evidence to be the array of air fresheners and inconsistencies in the driver's responses to the officer's basic questions.
"We have long recognized that the presence of air fresheners, let alone four of them placed throughout an SUV, suggests a desire to mask the odor of contraband."