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Newly released police bodycam footage raises serious doubts about a Minnesota lawmaker’s claim that he was pulled over and ticketed by cops for “driving while black.” And cops now want an apology. The video, released by St. Paul police, shows state Rep. John Thompson after he was pulled over around 1:20 a.m. on July 4. “Why in such a hurry?” the cop asks Thompson. “I don’t think I took off like a bat out of hell,” Thompson responds on the video, which was published by bringmethenews.com. “I just drove off,” the lawmaker said. “I’m a state representative in this district right now. “With a Wisconsin license?” the officer asks. “Yes, with a Wisconsin license,” Thompson said. “I’m state Representative John Thompson.” The cop then returns to his squad car and runs a check on Thompson’s license. After 14 minutes, the unnamed officer returns to Thompson and tells him his license in Minnesota is suspended, the footage shows. The state rep shakes his head, but the officer tells him, “that’s what the computer says. If it’s wrong, you’ll have to deal with DVS,” or the Department of Vehicle Services. Thompson then asks the cop why he was pulled over.

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