Locals come together for event on what to do when stopped by police

VIDEO: Locals come together for event on what to do when stopped by police

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - With the recent tension between some community members and police officers, on Thursday a local activists came together for a talk on 'What to do if you're stopped by police.'

Last week the shooting deaths of two black males by police officers prompted a conversation as to how people should respond to law enforcement at traffic stops.

The talk was at Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church.

Some parents are concerned about their children's safety when interacting with police. The ultimate goal was for people to learn ways to create an environment to lessen the chances of a negative interaction with law enforcement.

Arman Frison was at the event, he's a 16-year-old rising senior in high school.

"It really upset me to see the things that are happening now in the world," Frison said.  "It makes me scared to think that I'm going to be the next person that it happens to."

Frison says he'll be heading off to college soon and he came out to learn how he should interact with police.

"I'm starting to drive, I want to know what I need to do to be safe and get back home to my family," Frison said.

Community activist Tory Fields is an organizer of the event.

"No other group of people ought to have to die for having a confrontation with a police officer," Fields said.  "One guy standing in front of a convenience store selling CD's, one guy in his car with his kid."

Fields says he's sharing advice on what do if you're stopped by police because it's now become a common question after the recent shootings.

"With all the tension going on around the country, we want people to be given their best chance they're best event to get back home," Fields said. "That meaning being safe complying, pulling down your windows. having all your information ready.

One tip is to have your license and registration easily accessible. That could mean storing it under your sun visor instead of the glove compartment so you don't have to reach. Another thing is to always be respectful. If you feel your rights have been violated file a complaint after your interaction with an officer, that way there's record of it.

"Whatever the ticket is, it's better to deal with it in court than to deal with it on the side of the road," Fields said.

You should also check your car before you leave the house. Take a walk around to make sure they're aren't any visible problems.

Attorney David Aylor says it's also important to know your rights.

"Sometimes people are just nervous and they don't really listen to the questions and they look at them as more commands," Aylor said. "He's asking a question because you have the right to refuse, you have the right to tell them no I do not want you to search my car."

Fields says its all about finding ways to get home safe.

"We want to make sure officers get home as well, we don't want them getting inside a situation, we want them to get home and we want the people to get home that's all," Fields said.

Attorneys were present to answer questions. They discussed that it's also important to keep in mind when you're borrowing someone's car you're responsible for what's in that car if you're stopped. You should know what's in it or check it before it's in your possession. 

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