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Anti-death penalty 9th Judicial Circuit State Attorney Aramis Ayala pulled over in traffic stop

Posted at 12:59 PM, Jul 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-13 12:59:10-04

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- There was nothing unusual about a June 19 traffic stop in Orlando -- except the driver happened to be Florida's first African-American state attorney who also happens to be in a legal fight with the governor over the death penalty.

Two Orlando police officers told prosecutor Aramis Ayala they stopped her because her car's tag didn't come back registered to any vehicle and because the windows were tinted. They were polite, and Ayala said in a statement that the stop appears to be consistent with Florida law.

She also said she violated no law and sees the incident as a point of dialogue with the police chief as she seeks a constructive relationship between police and the community.

Ayala's refusal to seek the death penalty has riled Gov. Rick Scott.