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This is Not a Joke: Black Man Pulled Over For Air Freshener (VIDEO)

Petty cop pullovers reach a new low.

We've seen a lot of absurd excuses for police to harass African-Americans while driving but this may be the lamest so far: a Rhode Island man, Dana Harris Jr., recorded himself being pulled over because, as police insisted, the air fresher was obstructing his view of the road. 

The video, uploaded almost two weeks ago, has recently gone viral. The combination of the driver's humorous indignation and the cop knowing he's full of it makes for an interesting watch.

"What's the problem big dude?" the driver starts out. "What's the problem?" After repeated attempts to figure out why he was pulled over, the police officer finally tells him his air freshener is obstructing his view. The police later told reporters the pullover was justified because they were looking for Mr. Harris' cousin who had a warrant for his arrest. 

Watch the clip below:

h/t Raw Story

Adam Johnson is a contributing analyst at FAIR and contributing writer for AlterNet. Follow him on Twitter @AdamJohnsonNYC.

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