The Sanford, Florida police department is once again making headlines after stopping and forcing 27-year old activist Traymon Williams out of his car and onto the ground.
Traymon was driving with his girlfriend and younger brother and had done absolutely nothing wrong. The Police allegedly thought he was a burglar.
Howvever, Williams may have been targeted. He was a prominent voice calling for justice for Trayvon Martin; he’d appeared in major news outlets like the Grio and the MSNBC.
Traymon Williams, 26, told The Grio he was driving with his girlfriend, DeShonda Robinson, and Robinson’s younger brother, Kelvin Robinson Jr., on June 26, when he noticed a police car closely following them. Soon, Williams said, at least four more police cars joined the first, and before he knew it, he was forced at gunpoint to lie down in the road.
Sanford Police Chief Cecil Smith told The Grio that Williams, DeShonda and Kelvin were cuffed and put in the back of a police cruiser. Officers released them when they realized Williams was not the home burglar they were looking for. Michael Moore, Williams’s attorney, says the burglary suspect also drives a Toyota Camry but is significantly heavier than Williams.
The Sanford Police Department ordered an internal review of the officers’ conductduring the stop, and Moore says that Williams, DeShonda and Kelvin plan to sue if the review doesn’t resolve the situation.
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