By Elena K. Cruz
In April 2016, less than one month after buying his new BMW, community activist Mar’kiez Smith was sitting in the backseat of a police car for doing nothing illegal at all.
As a 20-year-old proud of his new car, he had gone for a late-night drive with three friends on the south side of town, Smith recalled. Then a police officer pulled him over.
Smith, a Black man, had a temporary license tag in the back window, which wasn’t easily visible, the officer told him.