As most police depts are local in scope and not operated from a federal or state or sometimes not even a county level (even within cities there’s borough departments) – that’s many thousands of relatively independently operating units.
If I thought I might face this issue the next time I get in the car, I’d consider buying this bag and following its instructions.
Someday maybe the systemic issues will be resolved. I hope so.
It shouldn’t be necessary. But I’m glad it’s an option somebody thought of. Maybe enough of these bags in cars will get the point across better.
It culminates in a split second decision:
“Is this individual more likely to be reaching for a gun or a driver’s license?”
What drives that decision? it can be so subtle. A single heart flutter away.
If it was an issue I had to face (in a stop and frisk city), I’d do it. Maybe stitch it to my clothing. So long as it was my choice. I think that’s what makes the difference.
Enough folks make that point to show that systemic racism really _is_ an American problem and not made up and maybe it’ll jumpstart some positive changes.
I’m glad I don’t have to think about this stuff. I want nobody to have to think about this stuff.
No reaching = less chance of a misconstrued body language. Goal here I think is basic survival.
Oh wow, THAT will take a mountain. Late 1980s started the ball rolling in making police not responsible for their actions. It had a reasonable enough start. It was that case with the cops in the subway in NYC I think.
Lots more protections added since.
There was one just last year, argued in the Supreme court. I should find it.
Thing is, I’m not anti-police. But I believe authorities should have a higher level of accountability than citizens.