Everyday Racism: Stopped by Cops Three Times in Five Miles

Kel Smith, 37, is a mental health counselor who lives in Norfolk, Virginia. As a Black man, he’s known since he was a teenager that he was more likely to get pulled over by the police while driving – and that every stop had the potential to be fatal. He recalls one night as a college student in California when he was pulled over three separate times during a 5 mile drive to his girlfriend’s house. This is his story in his own words.