A dashcam video, however, says otherwise.
Garnet Coleman's license plates indicate his is a State Representative.
"He was so rude and nasty. Even when he found out I was a legislator, he became more rude and nasty. And I didn't understand why this guy was continuing to go on and on and treat me like a child. And basically like I'm saying is treat me like a boy. I want to be very clear about that."
The African American Police Officers League's president called for Coleman to apologize. The European American Police Officers League's president made no comment because no such union exists.
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This week the Austin County Sheriff's Office revealed to KHOU 11 News that one of its deputies made that traffic stop near Sealy on the morning of July 14. And Austin County Sheriff Jack Brandes released the dash cam video of the stop to let the public decide for themselves if his deputy did anything wrong.
"I think the video shows exactly what happened," Brandes said. "I saw nothing that indicated that he put forth any disrespect whatsoever Brandes said of the Austin County Sheriff's sergeant who made the traffic stop.
The dash cam video shows a sergeant for Austin County on patrol in the eastbound lanes of I-10 near exit 718. Coleman's car passes him on the left. The deputy clocked Coleman on radar going 94 miles per hour. The speed limit is 75 MPH. Coleman turns on his emergency flashers, pulls over immediately and the deputy approaches his car on the passenger side.
"How you doing?" the sergeant asks.
"All right. How are you?" Coleman answers.
"Pretty good. What's the rush?" the sergeant says.
"I'm just trying to go home," Coleman said.
"You can't do 94 miles an hour, though," the sergeant said.
"I didn't realize that," Coleman said, indicating he didn't notice how fast he was going.
The entire traffic stop lasts approximately 9 minutes. Coleman tells the deputy that he is a state representative. The deputy says he is aware of that fact. He has already run his state representative license plate in the patrol car computer and found at least one previous speeding violation in Wharton County.
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