A New Jersey board of education member is facing a call to resign Wednesday after video surfaced purportedly showing her trying to “manipulate” a police officer by exercising “civic privilege” after she was pulled over for speeding.
The woman in the April 27 dash-cam video, who identifies herself as Stephanie Lawson-Muhammad, a South Orange and Maplewood Board of Education member, also is heard telling one of the town’s officers that she is “scared of cops because you guys hurt black people,” before calling the cop’s boss a “skinhead.”
“Under no circumstances is this behavior, from a public servant no less, acceptable,” Walter Fields, chairman of the SOMA Black Parents Workshop, wrote in a Wednesday letter to the board’s president. “Ms. Lawson-Muhammad must resign her position.”
The incident began after Officer Shaun Horst pulled over Lawson-Muhammad for “doing 37 in a 25.”
“My name is Stephanie Lawson-Muhammad, I’m on the school board, I’m a community member of this town. I’m sorry if I was speeding,” she is heard telling Horst, before asking him if it’s OK if her daughter can exit the vehicle to continue on her way to school.
“And I’m scared of cops, because you guys hurt black people,” she then adds while making sobbing noises.
“Ma’am, do you want me to call an ambulance?” Horst asks her. “You look like you might be having a panic attack, or some anxiety.”
“No I don’t want you to call me an ambulance,” Lawson-Muhammad snaps back at the officer. “That was a f—–g insult.”