Princeton University Professor Imani Perry appeared in municipal court this morning and pleaded guilty to speeding and driving while exceeding her out-of-state driving privileges on Feb. 6.
About a half a dozen members of the Princeton University African American Studies Department, including chair Eddie Glaude, sat with Perry during the court session.
On Feb. 6, Perry was pulled over for driving 67 miles per hour in a 45-mile-per-hour zone. The police officer discovered she was driving with a suspended Pennsylvania license. He also discovered Perry had an outstanding warrant for failure to appear in court for not paying two parking tickets. Perry also could not produce her car registration during the stop.
Perry had her license reinstated in Pennsylvania at a court hearing last week. Princeton Municipal Prosecutor Reed Gusciora today downgraded her ticket for speeding to going 49 miles per hour in a 45-mile-per-hour zone, which means Perry will not get any points on her Pennsylvania license. He also downgraded the charge of driving with a suspended license to exceeding out of state driving privileges. Perry was required to pay $428 in fines.
Her court appearance was brief, and she just answered a few questions asked by Judge John McCarthy with yes. She declined to talk to reporters outside the courtroom after the proceedings.
Perry’s arrest made national headlines after she described her ordeal on social media, saying she was not allowed to make a phone call, was body searched, and was handcuffed. She claimed race was not incidental to her arrest and treatment.
Controversy over her arrest died down after a video of the incident was released to the press.
Perry is scheduled to speak at Labyrinth Books on Nassau Street on Thursday, March 10, at 6:30 p.m. with Glaude and Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor. The talk is titled “Race and Democracy in the U.S.: Black Thought in the Hour of Chaos.”