Country singer Coffey Anderson breaks down how to behave when a cop pulls you over. It’s sad that this has to be explained over and over, but if you provoke a cop, if you do something suspicious and not what they tell you, then you’re going to run into problems.
Country singer Coffey Anderson is facing criticism online after he posted a video telling his fans what to do when they get pulled over by a police officer to make it a ‘safer’ situation.
In a Facebook clip that has more than 30 million views, the 38-year-old singer advised drivers to keep their hands on the steering wheel at all times and avoid movements that suggest they may be reaching for a gun.
But online commenters blasted the former Nashville Star finalist, saying his video was one-sided and suggests that drivers are always to blame for incidents involving the police.
Anderson posted the video on July 7, a day after Philando Castile, 32, was fatally shot by police officer Jeronimo Yanez, 28, during a traffic stop in suburban St Paul, Minnesota, last week.
Castile’s girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, said he was following the officer’s instructions when he was shot, and she live-streamed part of the incident on Facebook.
With more than 250,000 likes and 40,000 comments, Anderson’s Facebook clip re-enacts a traffic stop, with the country singer playing the role of a police officer.
He told his fans to turn the car off, turn down the radio, face the front of the car and put both hands on top of the steering wheel with their fingers extended.
‘As the cop is approaching, you have to realize he doesn’t know what’s coming,’ said Anderson. ‘As he’s walking up to the car, if he’s able to see both of your hands that’s safer for him. What it does, it takes his adrenaline down.’
‘Do not sit on your wallet,’ he added. ‘You want to have your wallet either in the side of your door, cup holder or at the front of your dash.’