TV anchor T.J. Holmes stopped for 'driving while black' | Arkansas Blog

Monday, July 30, 2012

TV anchor T.J. Holmes stopped for 'driving while black'

Posted By on Mon, Jul 30, 2012 at 10:33 AM

YOU ARE THERE: T.J. Holmes posted instant photo of his traffic stop.
  • YOU ARE THERE: T.J. Holmes posted instant photo of his traffic stop.

Remember T.J. Holmes, the West Memphis native and former KTHV reporter who went on to an anchor slot with CNN before moving to BET where he'll soon start a new late-night show, "Don't Sleep"?

He's made the news for a traffic stop this morning, Twittering as it happened near his home in Georgia: "Driving While Black Ain’t No Joke!"

From Mediate:

Holmes quickly updated his followers with the reason provided by the police officer: he wanted to make sure Holmes had “insurance on the car.” Ten minutes later, Holmes explained that he “managed to avoid jail time,” but admitted that his relationship with the local police may have been “soured” by the experience, adding the hashtag #showmeyourpapers.

Holmes ended by revisiting his earlier point about “driving while black.”

He promises on his Twitter account, where he identifies himself as a "Proud Razorback," to write about the experience later on his blog.

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