Dayton man pulled over for direct eye contact

Video posted by John Felton, seen here talking with a Dayton police officer, shows a traffic stop where the officer issues a warning for Felton for failing to use a turn signal 100 feet from an intersection and for making direct eye contact with the officer.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — A local attorney has claimed race may have played a factor in a Dayton traffic stop earlier this month.

“You made direct eye contact with me and held onto it,” a Dayton police officer told John Felton during a traffic stop on August 15. Felton was recording the incident.

The officer also told Felton he was stopped for failing to put on his turn signal 100 feet from an intersection. Felton was issued a warning, but his attorney claims the stop was racially motivated.

“They admitted they stopped him because they said he looked him in the eye, and to me that is discriminatory and basically racist,” said attorney Byron Potts.

In the video, Felton also claims he was pulled over for having a Michigan license plate. The officer made no mention of the plates during the stop according to Felton’s video.

Potts said he has not decided if he will file a civil lawsuit, but said he and Felton are considering it. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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