To the editor,

“Do you know why I pulled you over?”

Although a Braham police officer asked me that question nearly 20 years ago, his words still frequently come to mind as I drive. 

Recently, in reading about the trial of ex-Minneapolis police officer Mohammad Noor in the shooting death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond, I wonder what I will do, and what I should do, if there is a next time I’m pulled over.

Many years ago, I was taught that I was supposed to get my drivers license and proof of insurance ready for the officer to examine when he arrived at my vehicle. But that means reaching over to my glove box, a move that could cause understandable concern to the officer. I’ve also heard that I should just place my hands on the steering wheel and wait for him to arrive with instructions. That seems preferable, but it will leave him wondering why I’m not prepared to show him my papers, and I’ll still need to go to the glove box.

So I’m seeking an answer here. Officers, please tell me how I should respond to your lights in my rearview mirror.

Loren W. Brabec

Braham

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