Video Leaks of Marie Mott Traffic Stop
CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) — The Chattanooga Police Department has released body cam footage of District 8 City Council Candidate Marie Mott being stopped for a burned out headlight.
The video shows Mott getting upset with the police officer for the stop, accusing an officer of racism.
“It went out while I’m driving. That’s not, that’s not a crime,” said Mott.
“I need your registration and your proof of insurance, please,” said the officer.
“That’s not a crime, ma’am. What you’re doing is you’re harassing a black woman,” said Mott.
“Do you have insurance on your vehicle?” said the officer.
“Yes, I have insurance. Are you asking me that because I’m Black?” said Mott.
“No, ma’am,” said the officer.
“You’re asking me that because I’m Black. Yes, you are. Ma’am, that went out while I was driving. I’m not doing nothing illegal. I’m not doing nothing illegal. You’re harassing me,” said Mott.
“Is this your vehicle?” said the officer.
“Is this my vehicle? Yes, this is my vehicle.” said Mott.
After some arguing over the charges, Mott signs the ticket and the video comes to an end.
At no point did the situation escalate, and neither the C-P-D nor Mott have released statements about the incident.
But the stop happened within a week of the election, and the video appears to be circulating as a political wedge, drawing controversy as voters prepare to the polls.
To what extent the video will impact the outcome of the election is yet to be seen.