Black Woman Shares How She Was Terrified When Officer Pulled Her Over

There is a terrible strain between African Americans and the police in the U.S. these days. A disproportionate number of African Americans are shot and killed on what should be routine traffic stops on a regular basis.

Some blame police for prejudice, abusing their power, racial profiling and mishandling situations. Others blame African Americans who disrespect authority and fail to follow police orders. The situation goes a lot deeper than simple finger-pointing, but one thing is for sure: the problem persists.

One African-American woman was driving home and was stunned when a police officer pulled her over. It turned out to be nothing, but the woman made a heartbreaking video explaining that even she was shocked by the fear that gripped her in that situation.

Ayanna Reid Cruver was driving home in June, and going slightly under the speed limit. This is why she was shocked when she saw those familiar lights flashing in her rear-view mirror. Cruver couldn't understand why she was being pulled over, and when the officer asked her to get out of the vehicle, she was overcome with a wave of terror.

She asked the officer why she was pulled over, and he explained to her that he just wanted to check on her because she was driving slow. Sometimes slow drivers may be intoxicated, tired or ill, and he wanted to make sure the woman was okay.

"As he said that, I just broke down crying," she said in a moving vlog. "I told him, 'I was so scared.'"

"I knew he felt awful that I was that scared, but I was so scared," she adds. "I never thought that in that situation I would feel fearful, but I legitimately felt horrified. How awful to be stopped by the police and feel that scared."

Cruver says she didn't expect to have that kind of a reaction, but for African Americans, fear of the police is fairly common. And for good reason - some 266 black people were killed in 2016 by police, and 42 of them were not armed.

In one recent incident, Philando Castile was shot seconds after being stopped by a cop after he revealed to the officer that he was legally armed. In a panic, the officer, who had just asked for Castile's license and registration, fired bullets into the driver's chest at point-blank range. The officer was exonerated last month.

"We see the videos, and we see things on the news, and we're so far removed from it, but I just kept thinking, 'Oh my God, why is this person asking me to get out of the car?'" said Cruver.

Cruver says that on the one hand, the officer who stopped her was very nice and had good intentions in checking on her; but on the other hand, the fear that gripped her shows just how bad the problem is.

"The nature of the situation in our country right now made me feel horrified that I got stopped and asked to get out of the car, but the positive spin is that he really was just a nice officer checking to see if I was OK," she explains. "The sad piece is that I shouldn't have had to feel this scared."

Source: A Plus
Photos: Ayanna Cruver/Facebook, Princeton Police Department, Miami Herald

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