This Woman Wants to Teach You How to Avoid Getting Shot by the Police

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  • When pulled over, roll down your window and place your hands outside the vehicle in clear view. At night, turn on your inside lights.
  • If you are involved in an altercation when the police arrive, try to disengage from the other party immediately. Don’t touch or remove anything that might be deemed evidence. Ensure that you secure or slowly put down on the ground any weapon you are in possession of, whether you have used it in the altercation or not. Then you should raise your hands to show any responding officer(s) that you are not a threat to their personal safety.
  • Always cooperate, no matter how stupid or unfair the situation may seem. Do whatever the officer tells you.
  • Autism researchers have put together a film called Be Safe that teaches people with developmental disabilities how to safely interact with police.
  • If you are being followed by a police car – marked or unmarked – at night, while you are alone, put on your emergency lights briefly (this will signal to them that you are aware of them, and are not fleeing). Drive slowly, obey all traffic laws, and pull over in a well-lit and well-populated area. You have a right to stop only when you feel safe. Make sure though that you drive slowly, so the cop knows you are cooperating and not trying to escape.
  • If you have a gun on your person, even if it is legal under a concealed carry license, you may be required to notify the police officer. Do not reach for a gun or any weapon on your body. If you have a concealed carry permit, calmly tell the officer that you have a permit. Use the following phrase: “I want to let you know that I have a concealed carry permit in this state and currently have one on my person.” Try to avoid using the word “gun” so as to avoid scaring the officer. Ask the officer how you should proceed.

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