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Minnesota Rep. John Thompson's out-of-state license draws sharp rebuke


State Rep. John Thompson says he was pulled over for "driving while Black" on July 4.

Minnesota Rep. John Thompson's admission that he's held an out-of-state driver's license for years led a state police association on Tuesday to ask the Wisconsin attorney general to pursue charges against him, and it led one GOP senator to question the process for verifying where legislators live.

The Democrat, who represents part of St. Paul's East Side, has faced sharp scrutiny related to a traffic stop on July 4 and the subsequent discovery that he has a Wisconsin driver's license. St. Paul police released body camera footage Tuesday of the traffic stop, during which the state legislator - who has been pushing at the Capitol to end such low-level stops - told the officer that he was pulled over for "driving while Black."

In the 16-minute body camera video, an officer pulled Thompson over and asked him why he was in such a hurry. Thompson said he didn't think he was driving fast, adding that he's a state representative in the district.


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