Country Singer Coffey Anderson Explains How To De-escalate a Possibly Escalated Traffic Stop


First of all, let me be clear that I applaud anyone that attempts to offer up solutions to stop this bloodletting and death that is resulting from interactions between law enforcement and African-Americans.

The problem I do have with some of these ideas and solutions is they tend to somehow put the responsibility of staying out of harms way on the citizen by suggesting they make certain concessions and capitulations other ethnic groups never have to do. Those suggestions alone underscore the glaring fact that there is something larger looming when it comes to law enforcement’s attitudes toward African-Americans.

It’s worth noting that while this post focuses on traffic stops, people have been the victims of unwarranted  Police brutality and murders in almost every context imaginable.

Eric Garner was standing on a public street,Freddie Gray was walking down a Baltimore street minding his business, while Tamir Rice was on a playground. John Crawford was shopping in a Walmart when he was gunned down by cops.

And for those who like to tell African Americans “just do as you’re told by the officer”, oh well, that’s what Levar Jones did in South Carolina and  Philando Castile did in Minnesota.

I bring up the atrocities in the previous two paragraphs to underscore suggestions that “we should do as we are told, be passive aggressive , or just mind your business”, still gets African-Americans on the wrong side of some law enforcement officers. It would appear that some officers and some of the institutions they represent already have their minds made up in regards to African Americans.

On that note let’s take a look at Coffey Anderson’s “what to do and not to do” to avoid escalating a traffic stop to dangerous levels.

Author: Geo Gee

I'm a curious one that finds politics, social issues, and diverse progressive solutions interesting. I believe information and education are the most powerful weapons one can arm himself with. Those two dynamics alone open the doors to opportunities. I also subscribe to each one teach one for a better world for all.

12 thoughts on “Country Singer Coffey Anderson Explains How To De-escalate a Possibly Escalated Traffic Stop”

  1. Thanks for another excellent commentary G!

    Now if you ask me, I’d say that you probably need to pray that you get a good cop because it does not matter what you do or how you do it, you are highly likely to have a very negative outcome with a bad cop. Let’s stop pretending they don’t exist!
    That said, I agree with two points:
    1. It does seem to put MORE responsibility on the citizen as opposed to the cop who is supposed to be the authority figure. Flat out, with authority comes responsibility and professionalism.
    2. You could be anywhere doing just about anything and find yourself confronted by a police officer. It is not possible to create a video to address all of the many scenarios that could occur.
    I think the best thing for a young brother to do is to peacefully comply and live to fight his battle in court another day.

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    1. Thanks for sharing your always insightful and very relevant insight Lady G! Your comments to a lot of my posts often times provide another view and thought process on the content and that makes the comment section as valuable as the featured post. I luv that.

      Your last sentence is what it all comes down to for at least a hope of getting out of and interaction with law enforcement for a lot of blacks.

      “The best thing for a young brother to do is to peacefully comply and live to fight his battle in court another day.” You nailed it Lady – you nailed it.

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  2. I agree that there are bigger problems that exist outside of the context of the video which need to be addressed. HOWEVER, considering that these problems are probably not likely to be solved anytime soon, this video offers some excellent advice on surviving a routine traffic stop.

    The mantra repeated by Coffey; “The goal is to get home alive”, may be the most important statement made by the video. MAYBE, we should have MORE videos like this; videos showing us how to survive the other situations mentioned involving encounters with law enforcement “officials”, until the SOLUTION is implemented. I don’t think we should continue to die until things get fixed. I personally, have no intention of being “martyrs” for the cause AND I’ve passed the information, contained in this video, on to my sons. I want them to think, “make it home alive” as well. I don’t want them martyred either.

    In the military, we are taught to “survive” as well and “kill”. Sometimes, the situation calls for taking a step back, putting your gun in its holster and taking out your survival kit. Sometimes a compass is needed. Sometimes shelter is needed. Sometimes a hiding place is needed, until the trouble passes. Sometimes, it’s best to live to fight another day. Sometimes it’s better to subdue pride in favor of life. Sometimes it’s better to be a “live chicken” than a dead duck! Sometimes discretion is the better part of valor. It’s not cowardice to survive!

    I think about the brave soldiers of Viet Nam, who were tortured in order to get them to make false confessions; some capitulated. They were called cowards by some, but they came home to their families. Later, they were decorated as heroes. Others (who resisted) received their medals “POST-HUMOUSLY”. There are a lot of dead heroes! I’m just saying.

    The tactics in this video may not always be the answer, but they’re a good tool to have in your “Survival Kit”.

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    1. I totally agree, and l love the way you articulated that point Ronbronx. By the way, who your people?
      Mama used to say, “Boot Hill is full of folks who thought they was bad!”

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      1. Thanks Lady G! I thought your response was on point also, as well as Gee`s. There’s no one sure way to survive bad cops…yet. Even staying at home isn’t “sure fire”.

        By the way, I love Aunt Eva’s saying. She had a way with words!!!

        Oh, by the way, my folks dem Flowerses. You know `em? LOL.

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    2. Very well articulated Ron – and I am in full agreement. I believe that a lot of what is causing this social cancer has to be addressed via politics (voting in politicians that recognize that there is a problem and are committed to seeing it diminished. I also believe that communities, church leaders, and definitely parents can help curb this by embracing a relationship with law enforcement outside of the one that the streets birth. Law enforcement has to be better at vetting unstable individuals as well increasing community policing on “non – official ” levels.

      I have gone to extreme lengths to make sure my readers and folks that simply troll my sites understand that I am not an advocate for any residual vengeful violence from any party or persons as a solution to the riffs between law enforcement and the black community. The system, however, seems hell bent on antagonizing restless individuals into unrest.

      As I write this, I learn that two more officers involved in Freddie Gray’s death – walked – scott free. Baltimore should be noting every judge, head police official, and city council person silent on this and then make sure this miscarriage of justice doesn’t happen again by bum rushing not the streets – but the voting polls.

      As far videos like Coffey Anderson’s I’m all for them and would recommend them to any parent or Black person. I must admit, I’m hesitant to do it, not because the content is not good sense or maybe helpful, but it because I’m scared as hell of not having an answer for that parent, spouse, or friend that might come back to me with So and so saw this video and did everything it suggested – their funeral in tomorrow – are you coming?

      Freddie Gray was simply trying to make his way when he met his fate in the back of a Baltimore City police van. Running away from police can hardly be described as confrontational – especially if you haven’t done anything in the first place.

      John Crawford was killed doing what millions of people do every day- shop at Walmart. He wasn’t confrontational, he wasn’t sitting on a wallet, he had a piece of merchandise in his hand (a gun) that the store sold. Yeah and he was black.

      You know what I fear Professor? I seriously fear that soon there will be a video or book entitled ” How not to Get Killed by The Police. Inside that video or book would be a simple three-word sentence. Don’t be Black.

      It can not come down to that common of a denominator.

      As always your intellectual insight and thoughts are appreciated and well received. Your views on “heroism” is are ones that much needed to be brought into the conversation. I agree 100% that at the end of the day – everyone getting home should be the priority.

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      1. Thanks Gee and you are totally right. We have to get out and vote. That should be job one. And, we should push for better vetting of police candidates.

        In my job (EMS Director) I work closely with law enforcement. I know they are not all bad, in fact, most that I know are great.

        The Chief, in my small town workplace, is a friend of mine. In our last conversation, I learned that just a few years ago, small town policemen were only required to attend 4 weeks of training before being issued a badge, a gun, and a license to kill.

        Now, the training is up to 12 weeks.

        I’ve observed that, state police, DNR police, State investigation agencies (GBI in Georgia) and Federal officers, don’t end up in these situations as much as city and county officers.

        Some things these other agencies have in common is; more stringent vetting, higher education requirements (most need degrees) and longer and more extensive training.

        This observation has led me to believe that requiring ALL law enforcement officers to meet similar requirements would help alleviate some of these issues.

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