8 Step Guide to Good Traffic Stops
To be proactive and avoid police brutality and violence, I share this video. Hopefully by following these eight steps, we can prevent unnecessary police violence and brutality of civilians who are stopped by police officers.
- Pull off to the right.
- Find a safe place to park.
- Both hands on the steering wheel, visible at all times.
- Do not exit your vehicle unless requested by the officer.
- Have a receptive attitude, even if you believe your rights are being violated.
- Respect and Respond, even if the officer’s attitude is demeaning, degrading and dehumanizing.
- Make no sudden movements without informing the officer.
- Report inappropriate behavior to the Office of Professional Standards, even if the office is controlled by the same officers who abused your rights.
- Get the officers’ name and badge number; or
- Car number located on the side of the police car; or
- B-tag located on top of the car.
- For unmarked cars get the license plate number
Remember you can call 911 and request a supervisor remain on the line with your during police stops.
Bystanders, please assist by recording the incident on your phone or camera. In your recording, please make sure to include the license plate number, car number and B-tag to assist in identification of the police officer.
I welcome readers to elaborate, share experiences and add to the above 8 steps.
9. “Do not volunteer any information, only answer questions that pertain to the traffic stop. (Anything you say WILL be used against you. For example: Where you’ve been, or where you’re going, is none of his business and immaterial to the traffic stop)” by Onno Vocks