Dr. Chenelle Jones, a criminologist makes the observation that the police should treat people fairly and with respect but, as we are seeing on the news and in the newspapers, cops often misuse and abuse their authority. She offers the following tips for interacting with the police:
1 When you notice the police car and the officer is signaling for you to pull over, DON’T RUN! The best way to handle the situation is to pull over in a safe, well lit location.
2 Keep your hands visible and don’t get out of the car unless the officer asks. It is perceived as an act of aggression if you get out of your car.
3 Only show your driver’s license, proof of insurance, and registration upon request. If the officer doesn’t ask for it, don’t offer it.
4 Be respectful! Getting stopped by the police is a frustrating experience – stay calm [and kind] and don’t argue, even if you believe you are innocent.
5 Don’t cuss out the cops! Remember you have the right to remain silent. You do not want to say anything that the police can use against you. If they ask you questions about what you are doing, where you are going, why you are in a particular area, etc., DON’T RESPOND. It’s really none of their business.
6 Always speak with an attorney first!
7 Don’t consent to a search. If they want to search your things (including cell phones), they can get a warrant.
8 If you are stopped, questioned, or frisked, ask the officer if you are under arrest. If the officer says “no, you are not under arrest,” then you are free to leave. WALK AWAY!
9 If you are arrested, DO NOT RESIST! Comply and state your case later in court.
10 Write down the officer’s badge number, identify individuals who may have witnessed the event, take pictures of any injuries that were incurred during the stop, and file an official complaint with the department’s internal affairs division.
The report of abuse at the hand(s) toward Black men and Black boys are suspiciously higher than other men and boys. Evenso, we must drill the words of Dr. Chenelle Jones into our men on every level – church, home, workplace, etc., and so as to position them to reap the power that comes with knowledge.
Please pray for American and Coalition soul’s killed-in-action,
their families and, especially their children.