Picture this: you’re minding your business, driving down the road in your car and you suddenly see red and blue lights flashing in your rearview mirror. You pull over, probably already shuffling around for your driver’s license and registration while backtracking your last road moves to figure out which illegal one you made, and a police officer makes his way to your driver’s door. You ask the infamous six words: “Why am I being stopped, officer?” only to learn that he just wanted to say, “Hi.”
This scenario became soulstress legend Erykah Badu’s reality in Texas when she was stopped by Dallas police with her 13-year-old daughter, Puma, in the passenger seat. But, since she’s posted the seemingly innocent run-in to Instagram, there’s been a bit of controversy on how harmless the encounter actually was.
When The good ones show up....This gone get y'all off the hook , or fired for damn sure. (Don't fire my friends DPD! Well, y'all can fire the white one) ..just playin Clay. Happy new year Donterio and Clay! Just Make sure y'all let my lil brother make it. He got 1 headlight and no insurance. @djharris SOUTH DALLAS STAND UP !
Without probable cause, that's illegal.— Rick Waldron (@rwaldron) January 2, 2018
Well, that’s kinda fucked up. I know how terrified I am when I see police lights, and I’m a white girl. Hope she wasn’t scared.— amanda hugandkiss (@wendybyrdm) January 2, 2018
Doesn't matter if she's OK with that, its still unprofessional, illegal and star struck is a pathetic excuse to abuse power.— Somoca (@Somoca) January 2, 2018
As if he didn't know, Black People being stopped by the police is traumatizing.— Odonko-ba (@odonkoba) January 2, 2018
This was a waste of public resources to stop a celebrity to say hello. Corruption starts out harmless. 😒— Kecia Ford (@klford7602) January 2, 2018
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