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4 Tips To Keep You Safe During Traffic Stops

Jason Reese

Indianapolis Authorities Involved in Shooting of Unarmed Driver

Two officers are involved in an investigation authorities are describing as a fatal officer-involved shooting of an unarmed man following a police chase that happened on Thursday, June 29, 2017. The reported incident occurred when two police officers stopped a driver about 1:45 a.m. near Burdsal Parkway and East Riverside Drive. Shortly after, the driver and his passenger quickly sped off and a police chase started. Moments later a wreck occurred when the fleeing driver crashed his sedan into a fence near the intersection of 23rd and Aqueduct streets. When the two officers approached the driver they say they saw him reach down toward the center console. It was at that time that the two officers fired their weapons at the driver. The driver was pronounced dead at Eskenazi Hospital no more than 30 minutes later. The investigation is ongoing.

How To Keep Everyone Safe When You Have Been Pulled Over

Fatal shootings of unarmed drivers have been controversial across the United States. Many recent news reports have sparked outrage and concern over police use of guns and lethal force. In addition, police officers may be nervous since they never know what to expect when pulling a driver over. The more a driver can do to appropriately address an officer’s concerns, the more their own safety will be assured.

The attorneys at Wagner Reese recommend pulling over if a police vehicle has approached you while traveling on a roadway, and we want to offer a few ways to ensure your safety while you do so. The steps you take will be important.

  • Don’t panic. Speeding up, evading and running from the police officer, or displaying erratic behavior will only land you in more trouble and likely in a wreck with serious injuries.
  • If you are uncomfortable pulling over in your current location, it is okay to find a safe spot. Turn on your flashers, slow down, and indicate that you are searching for a safe, well-lit or populated area in which to pull over.
  • A police officer can pull a driver over for any traffic violation, no matter how minor. However, a police officer cannot pull a driver over because of age, race or the type of car being driven. If a driver feels their legal rights are being violated, they can place a cell phone on the dashboard and hit “record” and should consider contacting an attorney to file a formal complaint.
  • If you suspect the car pulling you over may be someone impersonating an officer, it is completely acceptable to call 911 and ask if there is a legitimate officer dispatched in that area. They may be able to tell you if the person pulling you over is an officer. Even if they can’t tell you, they can stay on the line with you during your interaction and ensure your safety. Find a well-lit location to pull over, like a gas station or store parking lot.

Wagner Reese – Indiana Civil Rights Attorneys

Your safety is of the utmost importance; so don’t take any risks if you are feeling wary about the situation. If you have any questions about a recent stop by the police, the treatment you received or an arrest you have experienced, the civil rights and police brutality attorneys at Wagner Reese are here to answer your questions at (888) 204-8440.

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