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Raleigh police video shows how to act during traffic stop

Posted January 20, 2016 6:36 p.m. EST

— To avoid the types of confrontations that have led to officer-involved shootings elsewhere, the Raleigh Police Department has produced a video to show people what to do and what to expect from officers during a traffic stop.

Police Chief Cassandra Deck-Brown said the most common question she gets when speaking to community groups is what someone should do when they get pulled over, so she had the department create a video to prevent situations from escalating into dangerous confrontations.

"They want to know, how do I behave? What do I do?" Deck-Brown said Wednesday. "It's easier to see it than to explain it."

The eight-minute video was introduced at a recent series of community meetings and is now posted on YouTube.

"This was an opportunity, since we had a captive audience, to enlighten our community," Deck-Brown said. "(We want) to show that our officers are trained in a certain way to conduct a traffic stop – here's how it should look."

The video also gives drivers information on how to make a complaint if they are concerned by how a traffic stop was handled.