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Meet Richard Clement: The second passenger in Cushingberry's car during the traffic stop

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Richard Clement spoke with Fox 2's Alexis Wiley on Friday Richard Clement spoke with Fox 2's Alexis Wiley on Friday
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Detroit City Council President Pro Tem George Cushingberry Jr. believes he was a victim of racial profiling when police pulled him over the night of January 7. During the traffic stop an open container of alcohol and marijuana were found inside the car. Cushingberry was ticketed for failing to use a turn signal and then released.

He has since said an empty bottle of run was from an old party. He also admitted a strong smell of marijuana was present, but he attributes it to the second passenger in the vehicle who has a medical marijuana card. That passenger is Richard Clement, Cushingbery's unpaid assistant.

Clement spoke with Fox 2's Alexis Wiley on Friday. Clement says he does, in fact, have a medical marijuana card and that he never leaves the home without carrying at least one joint. Wiley asked Clement if, Tuesday night, the marijuana was his and he responded with, "Of course."

"[The officer] looked at what I had, and he gave it back. And I really appreciate that, Detroit police," says Clement.

VIDEO: Click on the video player above to hear more from Clement

Meanwhile, Clement is working overtime posting updates to Cushingberry's Facebook page.

Wiley asks Clement about a post, which was in response to allegations that Cushingbery and Clement may have been leaving a strip club when they were pulled over, that reads, "We never saw a tit Fox news is full of ___t."

Clement, laughing, says, "You know what, yeah, I did. I did it. I did it. I'm responsible, I own it."

Wiley then asks, "Have you been posting all this stuff on this page? Why are you posting this stuff?"

Clement says, "Well, that's my job."

Clement is believed to have posted two other eyebrow-raising comments on Cushingberry's Facebook page. The first post told The Detroit News, in short, to "go to Hell." The second post was in response to a Facebook-user asking how this scandal would "play out." The Facebook account responded with "My assistant likes pot.. a lot."

Wiley, after talking with all the key players in the situation, joined Fox 2's Huel Perkins and Sherry Margolis to share her thoughts. She says, after talking with Clement, that Clement did not give the indication that he felt he and Cushingberry were racially profiled the night they were pulled over.

VIDEO: Watch the video above to hear more from Alexis Wiley

Police Chief James Craig has addressed Cushingberry's concerns of racial profiling, saying one of the officers involved in the traffic stop was black. Craig has ordered an internal investigation of the actions of a police supervisor who released Cushingberry. The city's inspector general is also investigating Cushingberry's conduct during the traffic stop.

The Detroit City Council could possibly decide Cushingberry is no longer fit to be president pro tem, and could vote to remove him from the spot. Emergency manager Kevyn Orr could also take action and strip Cushingberry of his pay and revoke his power as a council member.

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