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  •  I got stopped for speeding (guilty!) and pulled (10+ / 0-)

    over and leaned over to get my registration from my glove box.  I think it was the first time I was stopped.  It never occurred to me that it might seem like I could be getting a gun!  The officer suggested that should I ever get pulled over again, I should keep my hands on the wheel in clear sight.

    I had a white male lab partner in the mid 80's who got pulled over and hopped out of his car and walked toward the cop car.  The cops told him the only reason he did not get shot was that he was only wearing those tiny shorts that men wore in that era (at least in Atlanta in the summer) and nothing else and they could clearly see he was not packing a gun.  He had been brought up by his Grandmother in rural Louisiana.  He was a very smart engineer but a bit odd socially.

    ...Son, those Elephants always look out for themselves. If you happen to get a crumb or two from their policies, it's a complete coincidence. -Malharden's Dad

    by slowbutsure on Wed Aug 27, 2014 at 04:31:12 PM PDT

    •  Even as an over-privileged white kid, (9+ / 0-)

      I knew never to reach for anything. Last time I was pulled over (interestingly, for having a tail light out) I said "I will have to reach into the console to get my paperwork, I'm going to put the dome light on first so that we are both safe and you can see what I'm doing".

      I now keep it in the pocket of my visor so I can put my hands up at the same time.

      "To take another person's life from the bench is no better than to take another person's life from the street"

      by commonmass on Wed Aug 27, 2014 at 04:38:30 PM PDT

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    •  The last time I was stopped for speeding (2+ / 0-)
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      I was on my way home from dropping my husband to  pick up his car with new tires.   I was so mad I was nearly crying because he had to have a ride RIGHT effin NOW, not when I finished what I was doing.

      I wasn't even watching until the blinking light showed up in my rear view mirror.    I leaned over to get the registration
      and he told me to never mind that-did I know how fast I was going...   By that time I really was red faced and red eyed.

      I told him I didn't know but I was getting a migraine and
      trying to get home before it got worse.   was 10 mi over

      White privilege-he stiffened a bit when I started digging in my purse--but I was moving slowly and tears were flowing.
      When I came up with a tissue and wiped eyes and blew nose, he told me sternly that I should watch my speed even if I was in a hurry and left.

      yep  white, female, wearing business suit,nice car

      I cringe  to think where I would have been I'd been black
      or maybe even white male....

      I paid for it---had a horrible headache before i got home

      Nothing in the world is more dangerous than a sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity. Martin Luther King, Jr.

      by maybeeso in michigan on Wed Aug 27, 2014 at 09:21:04 PM PDT

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