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Activist: Race is a factor when pulled over

Posted at 9:50 AM, Jul 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-10 13:49:45-04

A father and community leader is having the same conversation many African American families may be having. 

Patrick Franklin is president of the Urban League of Palm Beach County and also a father. 

Franklin says the Urban League is educating African American men on how to respond to police during a traffic stop. He says the most important thing is to stay calm, pull over into a well lit area if possible, have your license and registration ready, answer respectfully but limit your exchange unless asked a question - and never reach for something without notifying the officer about what you are doing. 

"Bias is real and the way that you're perceived from 1, 2, 3, 5 seconds that's going to determine the confrontation or the outcome," says Franklin.

The Urban League of Palm Beach County is having a forum to discuss this topic. 

There will be lawyers and members of law enforcement present. 

 

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