In all of the Internet uproar generated by the deaths of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling at the hands of police in St. Paul and Baton Rouge and the subsequent slaying of five Dallas police officers by a gunman at the end of a Black Lives Matter protest, Texas country singer Coffey Anderson’s response stands out for its utility.
Anderson, who’s biracial and whose dad is a Texas correctional officer, offers a video instruction on what to do in the case of being pulled over by the police. While the four-minute video is aimed at African-Americans, it offers advice that anyone can use to help defuse what can be a tense situation for both the police and the driver. Anderson emphasizes the idea is to get both people home safely. “At the end of the day, you have to go home,” he says.
Some of the recommendations include having your car turned off, your I.D. and registration (and concealed handgun license if applicable) on the dash so you don’t have to make any lunging moves to find them, the radio turned all the way down, and both hands on the steering wheel.
His Stop the Violence Safety Video has now been viewed more than 31 million times and shared more than one million times since going up online on Saturday.
Anderson, originally from Bangs, Texas, was on the 2008 season of the show Nashville Star. He released an album, This Is Me, in January and will have a residency at the State Fair of Texas in Dallas Sept. 30-Oct. 6.
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