Coffey Anderson Video Shows How to Respond to Police

July 12th 2016

In the wake of the killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, two black men gunned down during encounters with police officers, one man created a video to help people safely communicate with police.

The Facebook video, created by black country singer Coffey Anderson, has earned a mixed response, with some Facebook commenters alleging he absolves police officers of their role in escalating violence. 

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"Guys listen, this is about going home," Anderson says in the video. "There is a big disconnect because at the end of the day, it is about stereotypes. The stereotypes that I’ve seen of policemen was the video from Rodney King, and a lot of the stereotypes that they see of African American men are not positive. We’ve been there. We’ve all seen it, and guess what? I want to break the wall down between what we really don’t know about each other to what we can learn from each other."

Here are the steps:

1. Make sure your car is turned off, radio off and place your hands on the steering wheel with fingers extended.

According to Anderson, doing this helps disarm the officer and communicate you are not a threat.

"As the officer is approaching, you have to realize he doesn’t know what’s coming," Anderson said. "As he’s walking up to the car, if he’s able to see both of your hands, that’s safer for him."

2. I.D. on the dashboard

Instead, Anderson suggests placing your I.D. where the officer can see it in order to reduce suspicion. 

3. Pull over slowly.

For those on the highway, Anderson stresses the importance of immediately and safely pulling over to the right when an officer flags you down.

But people on social media called out Anderson for not holding officers accountable for their actions and ignoring the underlying problem of racism.

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Others argued that Anderson's video was not a real solution to a systemic problem.

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Still others pointed out the sad fact that there needs to be a guide for black civilians to protect themselves against the police.

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In the case of Castile, a policeman shot him during a traffic stop in Minnesota while his girlfriend Diamond "Lavish" Reynolds and her 4-year-old daughter sat in in the car. According to Reynolds, although Castile was carrying a gun at the time of his death, he did not reach for it. Instead, he reached for his I.D. in order to comply with the officer, Slate reported.

ATTN: reached out Anderson but did not receive a comment in time for publication.

You can watch the full video here:

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