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.
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.