Traffic stops DO’s and DONT’s

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BROOKVILLE, Ohio (WDTN) – The fatal-officer involved shooting in Cincinnati all unfolded during a traffic stop.

University of Cincinnati Officer Ray Tensing claims he pulled over Samuel DuBose because his car did not have a front license plate.Tensing, who is fired and pleaded not guilty to murder charges, later claimed he was scared for his life because DuBose was dragging him with his car down the street. Tensing told authorities his arm was caught in the door as DuBose tried to flee.

The officer fired a single shot killing DuBose. Prosecutors have since charged him with murder after they say body camera video reveals a different narrative.

The incident has many across the nation questioning their rights when stopped by law enforcement.

2 NEWS Beairshelle Edmé went to the Brookville Police Department to answer some of those question by being pulled over herself.

Major Tom Simon turns on his sirens. Edmé pulls off to the curb and hears this, “Good afternoon Ma’am, I’m Major Simon with Brookville Police Dept. The reason I stopped you today, I clocked you at 38 (MPH) in a 25 (MPH) back there on Sycamore. Is there any justified reason for that?”

Simon says this is the training and protocol for most officers.

But he, along with other law enforcement authorities, are trained to know, a driver may not be compliant. They also might be disrespectful, but being disrespectful is not against the law.

After tracking and clearing our reporter’s information, which she voluntarily gave to him without push back, the Brookville major returns and leaves her with a warning to slow down.

This scenario is what most officers would call a smooth stop.

But it does not always happen that way, as was seen in Cincinnati.

Samuel Dubose’s case has a lot of officers and citizens talking.

Asked what he’d think if Edmé’s hands were down towards the floor of the car, Major Simon answered, “They are trying to hide something or you are going to pull something out.”

It’s why police encourage drivers to keep their hands on the wheel and roll your window all the way down. They advise not making any sudden movement, as it could be seen as a threat.

Police, however,can’t search your car without probable cause. And you have the right to wait to pull over to a safe location.

You also have the right to stay in your car, unless an officer orders you out, then your are obligated to exit the vehicle.

Being combative at such time, often raises red flags, according to police.

Additionally, drivers don’t have to incriminate themselves, which means Edmé did not have to answer whether she knew she was speeding.

It means you don’t have to answer where you’re coming from or going to, or if you were drinking. You and any passengers have the right to remain silent.

But regardless of these rights, both of police and citizens, and the training, officials say a fatal shooting can happen.

“When we are trained we are trained for every scenario possible,” the veteran cop explained. “There’s no way to train for everything possible. We are trained to deal with people who are not cooperative, but there is no way to train for everything.”

In Tensing’s case, the 25-year-old, will face 15 years to life if convicted.

The former officer has a $1 million bond set.

 

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