Return of the Criminoles

By MATT TAIBBI  |  June 3, 2009

The details on this one are so strange and so contradictory depending on the source that it's tough to tell what really happened. Here's the story as we know it: Starks was driving a Freightliner semi-tractor (hey, he's a big guy) through heavy traffic with nine (or 13, say police) passengers, including a girl on his lap (or not, says Starks), when a traffic cop knocked on his door and asked him to pull over. The police claim Starks intentionally accelerated and pinned the officer against another car. Starks says that it's profiling: he never touched the cop and was only cited because he was in a big vehicle with a lot of black people in it.

The truth is probably somewhere in the middle. So no points here until there are more facts.

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