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.