Alachua County traffic citations dismissed against teen in viral traffic stop


Citations have been dropped against a Gainesville teen whose viral traffic stop sparked controversy.

Keyon Octavious Young, 18, had his $449 speeding ticket and citation for driving without a valid driver’s license dismissed by Alachua County Judge Walter M. Green on Tuesday.

Young was cited after Alachua County Sheriff's deputies pulled him over for speeding in a school zone and failing to comply with orders to get out of the vehicle.

Young didn't know why he was being asked to step out of the car, so he called his mom who told him to stay inside the car while she contacted dispatch.

Young's mother Chanae Baker says her son's forceful removal from the car was racially motivated.

However, the sheriff's office says its department policy for deputies to ask drivers to step out of their cars for the safety of their officers.

An internal review by the Alachua County Sheriff's office revealed that no department policies were violated in the incident.

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