A South Orange-Maplewood School Board Member was caught on camera using foul language and apparently calling a police chief a “skinhead” after being pulled over for speeding last month — the second recent incident in which a public official was recorded mouthing off to a cop.
In the dash cam video, obtained from police by NJ Advance Media, Stephanie Lawson-Muhammad can be heard using profanity and complaining when issued tickets by a South Orange police officer.
During the traffic stop, a hysterical Lawson-Muhammad threatens to “call Sheena…and your skinhead cop chief, too,” apparently referencing South Orange Village President Sheena Collum and village Police Chief Kyle Kroll.
Earlier in the video, the board member can also be heard telling the officer, “I’m scared of cops because you guys hurt black people.” Lawson-Muhammad, who cannot be seen on the video, only heard, is black.
In the video of the April 27 incident, Lawson-Muhammad was pulled over at just before 8 a.m. on Walton Avenue near the border of South Orange and Maplewood. She is heard telling the officer, “My name is Stephanie Lawson-Muhammad, I’m on the school board, I’m a community member of this town and I am sorry if I was speeding. I didn’t realize I was speeding.”