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Seminar to bring attention to proper response to police traffic stops

Posted January 6, 2015

A former Fayetteville City Council member has planned a weekend seminar to demonstrate for young people how to respond to police officers during traffic stops.

D.J. Haire and Kingdom Impact Global Ministries will hold the free event – Citizen Empowerment and Awareness Day – Saturday at 10 a.m. at the church, located at 2503 Murchison Road in Fayetteville.

Haire said Tuesday that he decided to put the program together after hearing conversations over the holidays between his children about police stops.

"One of my children – their tag had expired," Haire said. "She was so nervous that when she stopped, she called her dad."

Fayetteville police officers will also attend Saturday's program, Chief Harold Medlock said, calling it a good opportunity to have a positive conversation about how the public should react if they are stopped.

"Folks are always nervous when a police officer pulls up behind them and turns the lights on," Medlock said. "We like for folks to keep their hands on the steering wheel. They should expect that the officer walks up and tells them why they've been stopped."

Haire says he thinks the same type of dialog between the community and law enforcement agencies is needed across the country.


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  • patracles221 Jan 7, 2015

    if the boys in blue don't like the look of you, you better watch out. they can pull you over, say they smell weed and plant weed in the car and haul you off. can't happen? think again.

  • LocalYokel Jan 7, 2015

    A police car with a burned out headlight in the photo.

    Please write yourself a ticket, get it fixed, then get out there and pull over some aggressive drivers like your supposed to do.

  • Maurice Pentico Jr. Jan 6, 2015
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    COOPERATING WITH THE OFFICER.... That is a good start. Not making sudden or threatening moves.... keep your hands visible at all times. Be polite and its OK to be firm with your requests for why you are being detained. You are not required to answer any questions that may implicate you in violating the law.

  • Peter Mescher Jan 6, 2015
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    Outside of not pulling a weapon on the officer, and fulfilling their very few legal obligations (producing license, registration, and proof of insurance upon request. And participating in whatever the state requires re: Breathlyzer and Field Sobriety, also upon request.) it shouldn't matter how a citizen conducts themselves; the outcome should be the same.

    Yes, out of simple manners, you shouldn't hassle the cops for doing their job, but "lessons" on what to do are not needed.

  • James Hicks Jan 6, 2015
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    BABYLACEYCARPENTER, couldn't have said it better. I've had more than my fair share of encounters with LEO's, including the one stupid time I ran. When it was clear I had been caught, I put my hands on the wheel and didn't move. My roommate jumped out of the car like he was going to keep going (we were in our driveway at that point) and the officer had his hand on his weapon. He didn't even look at me too much as I was just sitting quietly. In the end, after talking with me he didn't even give me a ticket for avoiding the license checkpoint or the chase, just for DWLR. (Temp license had expired). That was even later dropped when I got the paperwork straightened out.

    Point being, I quit doing stupid stuff and the LEO's have been courteous with me ever since... even once giving me a ride home from Hillsborough to Durham when my car broke down.

  • tri123 Jan 6, 2015

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    These are happening around the country. A lot of young people don't know the answers to questions like, "Can you film the police?" and "What do I do if they ask to search my car?"

  • babylaceycarpenter Jan 6, 2015

    Why do you need a seminar, to teach people what to do when confronted by police? It's simple. Do what they tell you to do and all will go smoothly. Lie to them, things go bad. Fight with them, things go bad. Run from them, things go bad. Pull out a weapon, things go really bad.

    Cool deal. Seminar is done.