Top Philadelphia official and husband detained in traffic stop: 'It's because I'm Black'

By Jen Krausz on
 March 4, 2024

Top Philadelphia official Celena Morrison and her husband Darius McLean were arrested on Saturday during a traffic stop during which McLean said, "It's because I'm Black," while his wife yelled at officers, "I work for the mayor!"

Morrison's car was stopped on the highway by a state trooper for not having its lights on and tailgating, and McLean then pulled up behind her.

Police said the two were belligerent and soon had McLean out of his car on the rainy wet ground, detaining him.

At that point, Morrison started recording the arrest. She works as executive director of LGBT affairs for the city, and McLean is COO of the William Way Community Center.

The two were arrested but were released without being charged.

Mayor Cherelle Parker (D) said the incident was "very concerning" but said she would not comment further until it was thoroughly investigated.