Local congressional candidate says she was harassed by police after Dem debate

Desiree Tims is running for Ohio’s 10th Congressional District. CONTRIBUTED
Desiree Tims is running for Ohio’s 10th Congressional District. CONTRIBUTED

Desiree Tims, who is running for the Democratic nomination to challenge U.S. Rep. Mike Turner in 2020, said she was pulled over after the Democratic Presidential Debate in Westerville Tuesday and harassed by police.

Tims, who is black, tweeted after the debate that she was racially profiled.

Tims said she and her aide were harassed by police and racially profiled after the debate.

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Tims and her aide parked in a Kroger parking lot to look for a place to eat after the debate. Immediately after leaving that parking lot Tims said she and her aide were pulled over.

Tims said the incident made her feel "embarrassment, humiliation and fear."

"I want to be viewed as a congressional candidate, or a Democratic candidate, not the black candidate," Tims said. "But because I am a woman and in particular a black woman, I wear a layer of responsibility to share my lived experience."

That experience that includes uncomfortable moments like getting pulled over for seemingly no reason, Tims said.

She did not name the agency or officers who pulled her and her aide over to "protect" them.

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Desiree Tims post on Instagram

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Dayton Daily News reached out to Westerville Police, but they were unable to confirm the incident. The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office and Otterbein Police did not have reports of anyone being pulled over.

Multiple police agencies were working in the area Tuesday due to extra security for the Democratic presidential debate.


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“Hi, I’m running for Congress and I get harassed for being a brown woman who knows her rights,” Tims tweeted Tuesday night.

Tims is running in the 10th Congressional district which includes all of Montgomery, Greene and part of Fayette counties.


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