Seems to me people are insinuating the cops do what they like because the woman is Black and well, cops are just gonna profile to begin with and assume Black women in cars with White guys "bothering" callers of whatever stripe... Must be suspect.
By which reasoning, anyone who happens to walk down a street where drug sales have sometimes (or is it ever?) occurred should also be treated as guilty until proven innocent. I passed some shady guys in a park in New York when I was just visiting. But really by this logic, it could just as well be me the police should be cuffing and frisking for spending any time there. Except maybe that I happen to be White.
Or anyone who just happens to "bother" someone annoyable to call. Heck, the neighbors once threatened to call on my housemate because they "knew you people were having sex." Actually I think it was the sound of the floggings and volume of ecstatic screams that bothered them, but you get the picture.
I don't care about the fine print technicalities right off and I really don't buy the 'always carry ID, prove you're innocent by doing everything they say' line. Any cop who wants to make a quota or lord it over a tense situation can easily abuse that to the ends of the earth. One of the things that has set life in the US apart, at least for most of my life, was that you generally don't have to carry ID everywhere (particularly if you don't drive, but regardless). Heck, fact is here in China which is supposedly the relatively more monitored, slightly paranoid country, I have hardly ever taken out ID for anything except hospital visits or traveling. As for day to day, I never use and I don't need to worry about carrying it around.
I think this was racially motivated, just another case of police assuming things of darker skin tones that they wouldn't of others. And saying it's up to the Black community to always carry ID, always go hands up and meek and obedient "model" submissive candidate for sycophant minority as they are regularly stopped for nothing and in cases like this cuffed and interrogated on the street only to be released without charge? That is not helping.