Black New Jersey School Board Member Calls Police Chief ‘Skinhead’ During Traffic Stop

A South Orange-Maplewood School Board member called a police chief a “skinhead” and said she was “scared of cops” during a New Jersey traffic stop last month. Police dash cam footage was released this week of the April 27 incident involving Stephanie Lawson-Muhammad, prompting several African-American parent activists to call for her to step down from her administrative role.

The police video uncovered by the Star-Ledger shows the combative and racially-tinged encounter between Lawson-Muhammad, who the officer said was going 37 miles per hour in a 25 mph zone with her child in the front passenger seat on the way to school. After telling the officer “I’m scared of cops because you guys hurt black people,” Lawson-Muhammad, who is black, told the white officer she thought it was a…

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