Dashcam Video Released in Racial Profiling Claim Against Police

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- For the first time we're seeing video of a police encounter that led to racial profiling complaints against the Des Moines Police Department. The complaint stems from the questioning of a pastor from Virginia.

Tony Suarez says in June he was followed by police for several miles and then confronted by two officers after pulling into a hotel near the Des Moines International Airport.

Suarez says he was stopped and questioned simply because he was driving a white BMW.

Officers say the vehicle was suspicious because it is similar to one driven by a known drug dealer.

Police released an in-car recording of the exchange Friday.

A portion of a transcript from the video is shown below:

Pastor Suarez:  I`m a little perturbed.  This is random, this has never happened to me in my life.

Officer:  Perhaps this is God`s will, you`ll leave here and you`ll have some sort of enlightenment.

Pastor Suarez:  I think I should do the preaching, and there`s no enlightenment here other than I`ve been pulled over, or not pulled over.

Officer: Wait a minute, you haven`t been pulled over.

Pastor Suarez:  No but I`ve been questioned about drug dealing, asked to search the car, asked for my ID and I`ve done nothing wrong yet you`ve asked for all of these things.

Suarez filed a formal complaint over the incident. Following a three-month internal investigation the department cleared its officers of racial profiling.

You can watch the entire dashcam video from the incident below:


  • Rob Cox

    “known drug dealer” ? What a crock. They should no who the are pulling over and what palte # was of this so called Drug Dealer. If not this cities in a world of hurt…..

    • Brian

      The problem with that logic is that criminals steal license plates and put them on their car so they can’t be identified. The only way to know is to check to see who’s driving the car.

  • Frank123

    The Homeland Security is desperately looking for thousands of middle eastern students.
    After their arrival they never showed up in school. (Obama would love to give them Amnesty)
    God help us if the Dems keep the senate.
    Push your state representative to oppose Amnesty and secure the border. Search this: NUMBERSUSA .
    Once you are registered (join us) , go to the “action board”

    • Dixon

      Really, what a crock. Nobody has been desperatly looking for a long time. God will be helping us if we avoid another Republican fiasco like the one with Bush and the current house.

  • JC Cooper

    And he gets stopped by the local version of Starky and Hutch. The one’s a real comic with the line about God’s will and enlightenment. Both cocky pompous types. I wonder what kind of past record these officers have. I hope they stop every white BMW they see, but I kinda doubt that.

  • Brent Busch

    “Officer: Perhaps this is God`s will, you`ll leave here and you`ll have some sort of enlightenment.”

    I bet he was “enlightened” that there’s a lot of corrupt cops in this country.

    • Gilbert Sullivan

      Here’s some enlightenment – Romans 13 “Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong.” or try 1 Peter 2 “Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well.” The good pastor ould do well to remember who is really in charge.

  • jeff

    The officers in Des Moines are grown men with a childs mentality, they put on the uniform and take out their frustrations on the people they are supposed to help. Makes a person wonder how they treat their wives and girlfriends.

  • Billy Gogenheim

    Most cops start out wanting to make a difference, loving justice and genuinely wanting to serve the public/community. Only after constantly being criticized by the community will they become cynical. There are people who don’t like the police until they need one, and when they need one their understanding of criminal procedure is based on what they have viewed on “CHIPs” or “Rookie Blue”. The truth is that the ones that complain about the police are likely cons or x-cons because cops interrupt their illegal enterprises.
    So maybe instead of whining, you should thank the police for going into neighborhoods that you wouldn’t even drive through, and dealing with the most infamous – dangerous people so you can sleep in relative security. Quite frankly, based on your comments, if you were confronted by similar situations (that cops deal with on a daily basis) you would likely soil yourself.

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