Police 'pretext' traffic stops need to end, some lawmakers say

WASHINGTON — On a family vacation in Virginia in 2017, Democratic Maryland state Del. Charles E. Sydnor III was driving in the left lane on a nearly empty, unfamiliar highway when a state trooper pulled him over.Sydnor’s wife and three daughters — ages 9, 10 and 13 — were in the car.“Are you going to jail?” one of his girls asked.The trooper said Sydnor, who is Black, had been driving too slowly. A new Virginia law made driving slowly in the left lane a primary offense, meaning an officer could pull over and ticket the motorist.Sydnor, then 44, explained he was following his sister and her fam…

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