CHICAGO (AP) – An Illinois judge has dismissed a traffic ticket issued to a black Democratic congressman who accused police of racial profiling.

Cook County Circuit Court Judge Martin Coghlan said Wednesday that he dismissed the November 2007 ticket issued to Rep. Danny Davis because the alleged traffic violation didn’t make sense.

Coghlan heard no testimony about racial profiling, saying if testimony wasn’t related to Davis driving at a certain location, “I don’t want to hear it.”

Police said Davis swerved over a center line. But Coghlan ruled that Davis had to in order to turn left.

Davis said after the ruling that the officers could have made an honest mistake and that he wanted to give police “the benefit of the doubt.”


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