In the wake of recent police shootings, many are wondering if there should be a certain protocol that all people should follow if they are stopped by police.
There are no 100 percent fool-proof ways to guarantee that a police stop will not end in violence, but the vast majority don’t, and in cases where police officers wrongfully shoot, those too may never have been avoided.
Still, police and many community activists agree that there are certain things people can do to help themselves and the officer.
"As an officer, I understand that a motor vehicle stop can bring a lot of anxiety not only to the driver but to the officer,” said Hartford Police Officer Kelly Baerga.
She demonstrated some tips on how to make a police stop go more smoothly.
"If you place your hands on the steering wheel, if you have your license registration out that is fine, you can place it on your dashboard, make sure the window is down, if it's nighttime make sure your interior light is on that ensures I can see everyone clearly,” she said.
She added, “if there are any rear seat passengers make sure their hands are on the headrests in the back, if there is a front seat passenger he or she can have their hands on the dashboard as well. If you have your radio on, shut it off, remain calm listen to everything the officer is telling you to do. Don't make any quick movements that makes us nervous.”
"You may have some officers out there looking for trouble, but that's not the norm,” Baerga said.
The NAACP Greater Hartford Area President Muhammad Ansari said these tips in dealing with police are helpful because police shootings, while rare, can and do happen, and knowledge is power.
"Anything that the driver of the automobile or the occupant of the vehicle can do to relieve that tension the officer may experience is good,” Ansari said.
Still some people in the African American community argue that these pullover tips apply more to white people than people of color because they are sometimes held to a different standard.
"We listen to their concerns and we're currently working through those with them and if that is their perception, that's their reality and something we've got to try to improve upon,” said Hartford Deputy Chief Brian Foley.
One of the other tips the officer provided was to clean out your glove box and make sure you have your current documents in your car.
Also, if you have a permit to carry a weapon and you have the weapon on you, it is always suggested to let the officer know.
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