What is Necessary to Stay Alive
Perhaps, you are wondering why I am interested in discussing this issue. I am a black man and am subject to the same barriers in life as are other black men.
Below are a few tips to keep in mind when dealing with the police:
- Follow all requests from the police officer during an encounter if you are pulled over for whatever reason, regardless of the fact that you are right or wrong.
- Be respectful to the officer.
- Keep your hands in view so they can be seen by the officer at all times.
Remember, the objective is to return home, alive, to see your family and friends. You do not want your loved ones to be mourning your death because a police officer made a decision to take you out. Again, the goal is to return home.
These are not new tactics. There is something to be said about staying alive in troubled times.
Your opinion matters.
Thaddeus J. Bell, MD
I am Dr. Thaddeus John Bell, closing the gap in health disparities for African Americans and the underserved.
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