Sen. Tim ScottTim ScottWhat prospective college students need to know before they go — or owe Lobbying World Juan Williams: The complicated story of black conservatism MORE (R-S.C.) in a dramatic floor speech on Wednesday said he had been targeted by police because of his race, including at the U.S. Capitol.
Scott, one of two African-American senators and the only black GOP senator, said he once was stopped by a Capitol Police officer as he was walking into an office building last year, despite wearing a pin that identifies senators.
"The officer looked at me, a little attitude, and said, 'The pin I know — you I don't. Show me your ID,'" Scott said. "Later that evening I received a phone call from his supervisor apologizing."
He said it's at least the third time he's gotten a call from a supervisor or chief of police since he joined the Senate.
More broadly, Scott said that in his life he has had a number of interactions with police that are similar to those expressed by black men around the nation. He said that in one year, he was pulled over seven times by police.
"I do not know many African-American men who do not have a very similar story to tell, no matter the profession, no matter the income, no matter their disposition in life," he said.
"I have ... felt the pressure applied by the scales of justice when they are slanted. I have felt the anger, the frustration, the sadness and the humiliation that comes with feeling like you're being targeted for nothing more than being just yourself."
Scott's comments came during a week in which political figures on both sides of the aisle have discussed race in frank terms.
Two black men were killed by police in separate incidents last week in Louisiana and Minnesota. In Dallas one week ago, a sniper shot and killed five police officers at a demonstration sparked by those two killings. Police said the sniper was targeting white people, and white officers specifically.
"There's never, ever an acceptable reason to harm a member of our law enforcement," Scott said in his floor speech.
Scott has earned praise from his colleagues, including Majority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellSchumer blocks one-week stopgap funding bill Overnight Finance: Dems explore lawsuit against Trump | Full-court press for Trump tax plan | Clock ticks down to spending deadline Hundreds of former EPA employees blast Trump on climate change MORE (R-Ky.), for talking about the issue on the Senate floor.
Sen. Barbara BoxerBarbara BoxerAnother day, another dollar for retirement advice rip-offs Carly Fiorina 'certainly looking at' Virginia Senate run Top Obama adviser signs with Hollywood talent agency: report MORE (D-Calif.) on Wednesday said the Senate was "blessed" to have the South Carolina Republican and Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), who she said "shared similar stories" with Democrats during caucus meetings.
"We don't have enough diversity here," she added. "As much as all of us want to walk in each other's shoes ... it really matters who is in the room, who's at the microphone, who's sharing the truth."