The Raleigh Police Department has created an 8-minute video that explains what motorists should do and what they should expect when a police officer pulls them over.
The video is meant to answer questions that Raleigh Police Chief Cassandra Deck-Brown and other officers have heard over the years. The city’s Raleigh Television Network produced the video at Deck-Brown’s request, and it was shown at four community meetings she held beginning in December. It has now been posted on the city’s web portal, www.raleighnc.gov.
Capt. Michael Bruce, head of the police department’s internal affairs unit, describes in the video what motorists and police officers alike should do to avoid misunderstandings and conflicts during a traffic stop. “Put your hands on the steering wheel and ask your passengers to keep their hands visible,” he says at one point, and let the officer know if you’ve got a firearm in the car.
The video also covers what happens when a police officer asks to search a vehicle. “You have the right to permit to refuse such a search,” Bruce says. “And if you grant approval, you may rescind it at any point.”
The video ends by giving the phone number (919-996-3155) and the email address (firstname.lastname@example.org) people can use to contact the internal affairs unit if they feel an officer has been “discourteous or acted inappropriately.”