The women told the paper an officer said the car had been reported stolen. Johnson, who owns the vehicle, said she provided proof to officers it was hers and told them she hadn’t reported it stolen.
The women said they were handcuffed for roughly 45 minutes before they were able to be with their babies again.
A bystander told them the officers searched their car during that time without Johnson’s permission, the women said. They also said they weren’t read their Miranda rights.
“These were two young African American mothers with their babies sitting lawfully in a car with D.C. tags. Can the Secret Service honestly say it would have treated white out-of-town tourists and their babies, sitting there without District tags, the same way?” he also asked in the letter.
While Maloney told the paper that he hasn’t yet received word from the Secret Service about his letter, the agency told the Post that it has gotten a “query requesting the agency investigate an alleged interaction between Uniformed Division Officers and two members of the public.”
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