• Matt Esnayra

Long Beach State basketball player says the LBPD racially profiled him.

Updated: Sep 1, 2021

Colin Slater, a guard for the CSULB men's basketball team, went public Saturday about his run-in with the LBPD over the weekend, saying officers pulled him over "for no reason," other than he was "Just young & black driving to his house."

What he's saying:

Slater took to Twitter to share his experience of what happened Saturday, writing that he was pulled over while entering his garage. They [the police] "followed us into the alley and flagged me down. No marijuana present, no alcohol present, no probable cause at all."

🔸 According to Slater, the officer's justification for the traffic stop was because his driver's side and passenger front windows were tinted. Still, Slater contends that accusation, writing that the windows were down at the time of the traffic stop.

🔸 Slater would go on to write that the officers questioned his roommate about whether or not he was living at the residence and said, "Man this is the stuff that really give you PTSD fr fr."

What they're saying:

LBSU Athletic director Andy Fee wrote on Twitter, "Ridiculous. Definitely not OK and sorry you were treated so poorly. I personally know your character and moral compass. Stay strong and keep your head up high!"

🔸 LBSU Men's Basketball team Twitter account posted in reaction: "Terrible. Not okay. I'm sorry you had to go thru this. They don't realize what an amazing person they messed with."

🔸 LBPD spokesperson Arantxa Chavarria said, "The Police Department is aware of this post and has already reached out via social media. If order for us to potentially investigate we will need the details of the incident—what day and time it happened, etc., which we currently do not have."

Editor’s note: This story is updated with a comment from the Long Beach Police Department.

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