In a civil lawsuit, a Black Kansas City police sergeant is alleging that two officers racially profiled him during a traffic stop in 2021 in which they conspired about what happened and falsely accused him of misconduct, according to The Kansas City Star.
Herb Robinson is a 30-year veteran with the Kansas City Police Department and was actually wearing his police uniform and driving a police vehicle when he was pulled over. The two officers, Cole Modeer, who is white, and Marco Olivas, who is Hispanic, are accused of giving inaccurate statements about what occurred during the traffic stop, according to the Kansas City Star.
From the Kansas City Star:
Robinson, 59, a detective at the time in the police department’s violent crimes intelligence squad, was heading to an off-duty job and was southbound on Blue Ridge Boulevard, on the outskirts of Kansas City into Raytown. Robinson is still employed by the department.
His petition alleges the traffic stop was unlawful and caused him to experience fear, anxiety, hostility, intimidation, mental anguish and emotional distress. The lawsuit, which seeks a jury trial and monetary damages, names Modeer, Olivas and members of the Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners, which oversees the force.
“If they treat one of their own this way, I’m afraid to see how they are treating minorities who are not cops,” Gerald Gray, an attorney representing Robinson, said Thursday. “Certainly unacceptable.”
Dashcam video from the officer’s police car shows the entire interaction between Robinson and Officers Modeer and Olivas during the 2021 traffic stop. Both of the officers can be heard calling Robinson a “dumbass” and “retard” once they let him go.
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Modeer and Olivas lacked any justification, reasonable suspicion or probable cause to detain or arrest Robinson, the lawsuit said.
The officers closely followed Robinson for just over a mile as he drove from Kansas City into Raytown.
The men made racially hostile and derogatory remarks toward Robinson, according to the lawsuit. Furthermore, Robinson never posed any threat to Modeer and Olivas, who had no justification for their actions, according to the lawsuit.
Robinson reported the traffic stop to those above him at the Kansas City Police Department, but they did nothing about it. No interviews, investigations or questioning, according to the Kansas City Star.