Author Steven Hildreth, Jr., shared a story on Facebook about a night in which he was pulled over by police officers in Tucson, Arizona. A headlight was out in his vehicle, prompting the traffic stop.
You see, Hildreth is a black man. He happened to be wearing a hoodie when he was pulled over. And he’s also a concealed carry permit holder, meaning he was armed when the police approached his vehicle.
“According to certain social movements,” Hildreth wrote, “I shouldn’t be alive right now because the police are allegedly out to kill minorities.”
So how did Hildreth manage to survive considering the circumstances?
“Maybe if you treat police officers with respect, they will do the same to you,” he wrote.
That’s exactly what happened. Hildreth didn’t try to flee, he didn’t resist the officers demands, and he didn’t make any suspicious motions. He respected their requests.
Hildreth concluded by saying “Maybe, just maybe, the notion (that police officers are out to kill minorities) is bunk.”
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Comment: In light of Hildreth’s posts, do you think if individuals like Freddie Gray or Michael Brown would still be alive today if they had simply listened to police officers and complied with their requests?