Actor LeVar Burton and author Tim Wise explain the differences in their interactions with police.
I'm sorry, but that's what you should be doing when a cop pulls you over – black, white, or otherwise. Every time I've been pulled over, I make sure I don't have sunglasses on, radio is down, and hands are on the steering wheel. And I'm white.
We may find it offensive that LeVar shows his hands when pulled over, this should not be just a black reaction. Everyone should show their hands to reduce the anxiety of an approaching police officer. Especially, in today’s environment where there more and more attacks on law enforcement officers! Back in my younger days the incidents of a police officer was very rare. When I was a young man I was pulled over by a local cop, I grabbed my registration and jumped out of my car. What I saw was the barrel of a gun pointed at me and the police officer was behind his door for protection. This was in the1960’s, earlier that week a police officer was shot during a traffic stop. His advice to me was to stay in the car and keep both hands on the steering wheel at 10 and 2 o’clock. So an officer approaching can see them, and NEVER jump out of your car because it looks aggressive!
It's sad that we live in a world in which even LeVar Burton has to show his hands are empty to cops...
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