Country superstar Coffey Anderson stopped by CNN to defend his viral video in which he explains to drivers what they should do when pulled over by police. It’s about safety, for both the drivers and the police!
CNN host Don Lemon interviewed Coffey Anderson, 38, on July 11, and asked the black country artist about the criticism he’s facing over his viral video. Coffey’s “Stop the Violence Safety Video,” posted to his Facebook on July 7, is a how-to guide for civilians to protect themselves when they get pulled over while driving. Some are questioning why people should be worried about cops feeling comfortable, instead of drivers. Coffey explained his video eloquently.
Coffey told Don that he wanted to tell his detractors that “your feelings are valid,” and that while he agrees that cops should definitely be held accountable for their behavior during traffic stops, he’s “just trying to get people home.” He said that he made the video because “my heart was breaking, especially in the [Philando] Castile case.” He’s trying to help drivers “streamline communication between law enforcement.”
His tips include keeping your license and registration on the dashboard, instead of leaving your wallet in your pocket. Incredibly, for people like Philando, the action of removing a wallet from a pocket can be conveyed by some officers as reaching for a weapon. Coffey also tells drivers to calmly and clearly communicate to officers what you’re doing at all times, and keeping your hands flat and open on the steering wheel during the entire interaction. It’s really sad that it’s come to this.
“At the end of the day, the police want to go home safely, we want to go home safely,” Coffey says in his viral video. “Even if the cop is having a bad day, you have to go home. You gotta make it home. You’re needed. This is a big deal.”
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