The High Point Branch of the NAACP advocates policy on safe and reasonable police encounters. We are committed to educating our community and advocating policy on safe and reasonable measures when stopped by law enforcement.
Our Mission: To achieve equity, political rights, and social inclusion by advancing policies and practices that expand human rights, eliminate discrimination, and accelerate well-being, education, and economic security of Black people and all persons of color.
Our Vision: We envision an inclusive community rooted in liberation where all persons can exercise their civil and human rights without discrimination.
The HP NAACP is compelled to speak out to proactively stand against violence in any form against persons involved in traffic stops or other forms of encounters with police in the execution of sworn duty “to protect and serve”. When involved in a traffic stop, the expectation is for all parties to be treated with dignity and respect and for all parties to follow law and order that governs a civilized society. In this regard, we offer proactive measures so that all involved returns home safe to family and loved ones.
We make no guarantees about outcomes, but advocate for proactive policy to educate the community to increase the potential for a positive outcome, as follows:
- Stop the car in a safe place as quickly as possible. Be calm. Be Polite.
- Turn off the car, turn on the internal light, open the window part way, and place your hand on the steering wheel. If you are in the passenger seat, put your hands on the dashboard.
- Upon request, show police your driver’s license, registration, and proof of insurance.
- Avoid making sudden movements and keep your hands where the officer can see them.
Please visit our website www.naacphighpoint.org to review videos outlining a plan of action that will educate all in our community as to the protocols to be utilized when interacting with law enforcement during a traffic stop.