In one high-profile incident, the live-streamed aftermath of the shooting of Philando Castile at a traffic stop at the hands of police in Minnesota sparked country-wide outrage and was ruled manslaughter. That and another death in Louisiana sparked a protest in Dallas, which a sniper took advantage of to kill five police officers.You don't have to be a threat to the cops. You just have to be reasonable.
I was pulled over by a local policeman a few years ago for speeding.
He was right; my Lady was sick, needed a refill of her Cancer medicine from the Pharmacist,
I was more concerned about getting the pain-relieving drugs to her as quickly as possible than I was about driving safely.
It was dark when the policeman pulled me over, and I recognized that he may not feel safe in the encounter. I knew that he had called my license plate in, and they had told him that I had a CHL (Concealed Handgun License).
When he pulled me over, there was a 3 minute delay while he checked up on me through the radio.
During that time I pulled out my drivers license, my insurance card, and my CHL.
When he approached my car, I had the interior lights on, my hands on the wheel, and those three documents in my hand. He asked me for my drivers license, and I gave him all the the information he needed to know (and which he had probably already received from his station downtown).
After I gave him the three documents, we chatted for a few minutes. I acknowledged that I was driving too fast, and explained why. I was in the wrong, so I was not confrontational.
Hell, he had me dead to rights.
But he wasn't afraid of me.
Even though I told him that I had a pistol in the compartment between the front seats.
My hands were in plain sight on the steering wheel at all times ... again, with the interior light on.
I was no threat to him.
He let me go with only a warning. Well, it probably helped that I hadn't had a ticket in the past 5 years, but I HAD a warning on a speeding charge 6 years earlier. That didn't matter.
Folks ... if you're pulled over by a cop, you probably deserve it. Even if you think you do NOT deserve it, the best thing you can do (especially if you have a CHL) is to NOT present a threat!
If you think it's a bum rap, go to court and explain it to the judge. He probably doesn't have a gun.
(I actually had that experience 20 years ago ... explained the situation to the judge: he let me go because I manned up and because I was trying to merge with fast traffic at the off-ramp of a bridge.)
I'm not black, so I can't speak to their experience.
All I an say is ,,, well, I've already said it: man up, don't be a jerk, take the ticket if you deserve it.
If you don't deserve it, tell it to the judge.