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Republican Senator Tim Scott Says He's Been Pulled Over 7 Times By Police In 1 Year

WASHINGTON (CBSNewYork/AP) -- He's a conservative Republican from the Deep South but he says he knows the "anger, the frustration, the sadness and the humiliation'' of feeling "targeted'' by law enforcement "for nothing more than just being yourself.''

So says South Carolina U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, one of just two African-Americans in the Senate. Scott says he has been pulled over by law enforcement seven times over the course of one year and was trailed for blocks by an officer. He also says a U.S. Capitol Police officer refused to allow him to enter even though he was wearing a U.S. Senate pin. The officer demanded identification.

In a speech about recent high-profile police killings and the ambush on officers in Dallas, Scott urged his colleagues not to deny the existence of the "pain'' and the "anguish'' of problematic police community relations.

Scott, who says there are no acceptable reasons to harm a member of law enforcement, also spoke on policies and solutions during a Thursday speech.

To read more on race relations in America, click here.

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