Seimone Augustus blasts Roseville PD after air freshener traffic stop

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Even two-time Olympic champions aren't above Roseville's air freshener law.
Lynx star Seimone Augustus claimed it ruined her Western Conference championship celebration. That seems a bit melodramatic, but still, you'd hope Roseville police officers have better things to do.

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Yesterday morning, Augustus was pulled over near the Rosedale Mall for the heinous crime of having an air freshener suspended from her rear-view mirror. She then took to Twitter to blast the Roseville PD and the arresting officer, alleging he acted unprofessionally during the traffic stop.

Here's a timeline of Augustus' tweets:Later in the day, the Roseville PD released a statement addressing the incident:
At approximately 10:30 a.m. today (Monday, Oct. 8), an officer of the Roseville Police Department stopped a vehicle for having a suspended object between the driver and the windshield on Fairview Avenue at Highway 36. The driver of this vehicle was identified by a Louisiana photo driver's license as Seimone Augustus. During the course of this traffic stop, the officer talked with the driver about the violation, questioned Augustus about her status in Minnesota since she had out of state vehicle license plates and driver's license.

The officer ultimately warned Augustus on the violation of Minnesota Statute 169.71 Subd. 1(2) - suspended object. One of the primary missions of the Roseville Police Department is the safe passage of motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians who use our city's streets and thoroughfares. An obstruction, such as an air freshener hanging from a car's rear view mirror can obstruct the driver's view of merging traffic or a pedestrian crossing at an intersection. Another of the missions of the Roseville Police Department is the safety of our residents and visitors. Since February 2010, the Roseville Police Department has been very proactive with enforcement activities and visibility in and around Rosedale Center. The department's stop of Ms. Augustus earlier today took place on a street adjacent to Rosedale Center.
The Roseville PD -- crackin' down on the air freshener menace, one car at a time.

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laxx1559
laxx1559

I can totally see this happening.  Roseville PD does not follow the rules.  I fear them.  I've been threatened and had racial comments made towards me.  If something illegal DID happen to me, who would believe me?

keny1
keny1

People just love playing the race card.  I bet if this were Kevin Love being pulled over, you would have never even heard about the story.  Because, if course, he never would have made a big deal about it.  

lorilynnc
lorilynnc

I believe most of us have been "profiled" and pulled over because of it. I was pulled over in Lakeville about 11pm for "rolling through a stop sign" ( I never did!) He was looking for a drunk, or some other kind of trouble maker. After looking at my DL he actually asked me "What are you doing down here?" May I quote Seimone?  WTH I thought this was a free country! I said I was apparently rolling through stop signs. I was MAD!  Not ticketed, because he was hoping for a meth head or a drunk, but please! Quit making up thin excuses to pull people over, you're not fooling anyone, ever.

 

Teri Ahrens
Teri Ahrens

and as for everyone saying she should stop whining...umm, isn't that what social media is for?? :) haha

Curtis Meyer
Curtis Meyer

Personally, I think cavity searches and urine tests were in order here. She may have been trying to smuggle other, bigger, more-distracting air fresheners elsewhere on her person.

David Bruning
David Bruning

Have had the same thing happen but didn't realize it was a race thing or because I was DWB. Who do I complain to in order to feel better about myself?

ConradLeber
ConradLeber

@SnyderAndrew I'm writing a hip hopera on this very tragedy.

Curtis Meyer
Curtis Meyer

Stop complaining. Cops are heroes, and this is tax dollars well spent. I mean, sure, other more-serious crimes were probably committed while this officer was going through this bureaucratic nonsense involving air fresheners and out-of-state plates, BUT THAT'S HIS JOB, so get over it!

Nicholas S. Goers
Nicholas S. Goers

All I hear from you race card pullers is... Blah, blah, blah, blah!

Hmmm
Hmmm

Flagrant profiling.

andyburns
andyburns

@panopticon13 Had the same thing happen in Plymouth (pulled over for an air freshener). Cop also warned me my rear driver-side tire was low.

Teri Ahrens
Teri Ahrens

I understand what you're saying and agree - and with social media being a venting spot for many people these days I guess it just didn't bother me as much that she reacted that way because I don't blame her for feeling like she was targeted (given what I read about it) - even if in reality she wasn't.

Lisa Andrews
Lisa Andrews

@ Terese, my use of the word ignorant wasn't directed at you specifically and was not used in a negative tone. The thing to keep in mind about police/citizen interactions is that there is always 3 sides to a story, his, hers and the truth. Its actually a good idea to keep that in mind about life in general :) - I suspect Ms Augustus isn't giving an accurate description of her interaction with the police officer. In her anger, she probably doesn't remember all of what was said (or was not said). All of us at one time or another have been irritated when being pulled over for something, myself included. Where Ms Augustus was wrong was lashing out on her twitter account.

Realist
Realist

Officer Chau is a consummate professional and was simply doing his job. She is making a big deal out of nothing. She's supposed to be a role model, and all she is doing is showing that she is a butthurt child with some serious issues that need to be addressed by a professional.

Teri Ahrens
Teri Ahrens

@ Lisa - sorry I honestly don't remember that part when I took driver's ed. but it doesn't make me some ignorant horrible driver though. I guess I still would argue that Seimone's reaction was likely fueled (whether it was right or wrong) by the officer bringing up mall "thefts" to her which had nothing to do with her having an air freshener hanging from her rear view (and making her feeling targeted).

Lisa Andrews
Lisa Andrews

Your parking tag is illegal Mark, if you keep it hung WHILE you're driving. Your tag is used for exactly what it says PARKING.

Mark Michalski
Mark Michalski

So, is the parking tag my apartment building gave me to hang from my rearview mirror against the law? If so I should inform them. Also, I live in Little Canada, which is too close to those pesky Roseville police officers.

Kathie Carlson
Kathie Carlson

If she is going to play ball in MN, she might want to learn come MN laws and respect, and stop whining!

mcmcmc
mcmcmc

You are supposed to have Minnesota plates and license if you live here for more then 30 days. I think that is what the officer was getting at with the place

Lisa Andrews
Lisa Andrews

I am 44 and took drivers education in 1984. I remember it. Your quotation marks around the word law give the appearance that you didn't think it was a real law. Ignorance of the law isn't an excuse. Just like not knowing the speed limit. She wasn't targeted and she broke the law. It's pretty simple. However, she wasn't ticketed and the officer let her go. He absolutely could have given her a ticket. Lashing out at a police officer makes her look childish. We are all citizens and are bound by the social contract with police. I hope Ms Augustus never really needs the police for something serious, but if she does, they will be there for her. Even though she clearly has no respect for them.

Yankee Doodle Pablo
Yankee Doodle Pablo

Just another psuedo-celebrity taking it to the street while the whole time pondering the greater question, "How dare this officer stop me for a law i've never heard of, doesn't he know WHO I AM?"

snyde0431
snyde0431

Way to go, Officer Chau and Roseville Police Department. I feel ever so much safer now.

Teri Ahrens
Teri Ahrens

no one is disputing whether or not it's a law - sorry if my driver's ed training from 20+ yrs ago (yeah, I guess I'm old) didn't cover it though. Personally I don't hang anything from my rear view mirror anyway but the bigger point I was trying to make was that Seimone doesn't live here full time so probably not aware of it...thus why she felt targeted and proceeded to tweet about it.

Lisa Andrews
Lisa Andrews

Those of you who think it is not a law are wrong. MN state statute 169.71.

Yankee Doodle Pablo
Yankee Doodle Pablo

I don't believe big pink ball bags hung from the bumper are illegal. Anything hung from a rear view mirror is illegal, according to Mn Statute.

Sara Haaf
Sara Haaf

Terese Arens, I took drivers ed nearly 15 years ago and remember this being covered, it is not new. Perhaps you should pick up a copy of the rules of the road from the local DMV and give it a read over.

Sara Haaf
Sara Haaf

Yep, I have heard of that happen Kathie, insurance companies will use anything to get out of paying, so better safe then sorry and don't hang anything off the mirror and no stickers on your back windshield.

Oscar Quella
Oscar Quella

I can't even believe race is being discussed. Maybe people like Nicholas Goers don't take the "race card" stuff seriously because of people crying wolf like situations like this. She was stopped for a stoppable offense and there was no citation. BFD.

Eric Shawn Smith
Eric Shawn Smith

Nicholas Goers I don't know what alternate universe you live in or how WHITE you are. Guessing by your response very white and very fucking clueless. A black woman with an air freshener hanging in her rearview is about 5000 times more likely to get pulled over than some hick driving a giant gas guzzling truck with a big pink ball bag hangin off the back bumper. Time to take your South Saint Paul tinted glasses off and clean all that cow shit out of your eyes.

Oscar Quella
Oscar Quella

I do see why it got her riled up. But that doesn't make her less of a crybaby. A few weeks ago A manager at Savers followed me out of the store and accused me of stealing some shirts. I had to show him my receipt. I did not take to twitter and use my celebrity ( ya know, if I had any) to bitch about it (several times), give the managers name, and complain that it ruined my celebration.

Kathie Carlson
Kathie Carlson

I got pulled over for a little heart my son gave me that was hanging. I got a then $60.00. Ticket. I knew better from D.E. it is a law. Doesn't matter what color you are.. Found out if I had an accident insurance company said I would be at fault w/ it hang.

Teri Ahrens
Teri Ahrens

and when you were pulled over was there discussion re: thefts at the mall brought up to you as well? Yeah she was given a warning it's not the end of the world but perhaps you can see why it got her riled up at the time?

Annissa Johnson
Annissa Johnson

It's a law used to pull people over when they can't justify a stop. I've been in cars when people have been pulled over with junk hanging from their rear view mirror and the officer never even addressed it. I've spoke with officers who say its a discretionary law, if they WANT to say something they will. If its a law EVERYONE should have to abide by it ALL the time!

Oscar Quella
Oscar Quella

I was gonna say, I don't know officer "Chau", but something tells me he's not a white dude.

Oscar Quella
Oscar Quella

"ruining my day off and western conference champion celebration"!!!! What a fucking crybaby. We got pulled over in Roseville several years ago for the same thing. Guess what, Reier Erickson? We were white!

Yankee Doodle Pablo
Yankee Doodle Pablo

Yeah... because officer "Chau" is a well known South East Asian/ American racial profiler. She broke a law (probable cause for traffic stop) and let go with a warning.

Timothy Frenning
Timothy Frenning

Not supposed to hang ANYTHING from your rearview mirror. Too distracting. Common sense people.

Teri Ahrens
Teri Ahrens

This was covered in drivers ed? I'm sorry but I never heard of this "law" before and would venture a guess most people aren't familiar with it. I think the bigger issue is why was she pulled over and WHY was "theft" at the mall even brought up to her in the discussion? And she lives here only 5 mo's out of the year. Give her a break.

Nicholas S. Goers
Nicholas S. Goers

...And there's the race card! Laws are laws, follow them or STFU and stop complaining... oh and the race card is such a crock of shit so stop using it...

laxx1559
laxx1559

 @keny1 People DO profile.  it does happen, sadly.  Consciously, or unconsciously.  

laxx1559
laxx1559

 @Realist No, No.  There seems to be a culture of bad behavior within the Roseville PD.  I myself have been threatened, stopped walking down the street, and had racial comments made towards me.  Mind you, I have never been arrested or ticketed for anything.

DavidFoureyes
DavidFoureyes topcommenter

 @Realist She is a role model. I'm teach my kids: When something seems stupid and an abuse of power call it and fight it, do not bow, do not kneel, tell them to fuck off and fight. Good for her.

Hmmm
Hmmm

 @Realist Easy to make a declarative statement like that, isn't it? I will make one, as well. Flagrant profiling.

Realist
Realist

 @DavidFoureyes  @Realist She got a warning, and she is no role model. She is a butthurt child. Hanging shit from your rearview mirror is illegal in Minnesota. That is not an abuse of power. Can you possibly be any more ignorant?

keny1
keny1

 @DavidFoureyes  Yeah, telling the cops to "fuck off" sounds like the ideal way to teach your children how to deal with the police.  You sound like a real winner of a father.

DavidFoureyes
DavidFoureyes topcommenter

 @Realist I could be you two turdhammers that think cops are right because they say they're right. Morons.

DavidFoureyes
DavidFoureyes topcommenter

 @keny1 My kids will be alive fighting tyrants. Your dipshits will be dead or in jail...for having their Jr High graduation lanyard hanging from their rear-view mirror (let's be honest, we've seen the extent of your retardation in your comments, your kids aren't going to make it to high school)...

 

I'd rather laugh at your inability to recognize hyperbole and teach my kids to be nice to yours and drop coins in their cups...

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