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The Brief: Students May Learn How To Act When Stopped by Police

The proposal follows various high-profile — and often fatal — encounters between police officers and civilians.

Screenshot from Department of Public Safety dash cam video shows Sandra Bland as she exits her car after DPS officer Brian Encinia has drawn his taser on July 10, 2015.

The Big Conversation

Following various high-profile — and often fatal — encounters between police officers and civilians, legislators are exploring having Texas schools teach students how to act when stopped by law enforcement.

The proposal would include updates to the state driver handbook and education curriculum that advises drivers on what to do when stopped by an officer. The directions are as follows: Move to the side of the road, turn off the car, stay inside, follow the officer's instructions, tell passengers not to exit unless told to do so and safely and properly get back onto the road when cleared to by the officer.

According to Texas Municipal Police Association Executive Director Keith Lawrence, escalations between officers and the civilians they serve occur when there’s a misunderstanding between the two parties. Many, including Clay Robison from the Texas State Teachers Association, say the proposed idea is “encouraging.” Robison adds that while many of fatal police shootings involve African-American men, “anybody could be stopped by police on any occasion, and it's always a good idea to know what to do."

As the Tribune’s Johnathan Silver reports, distrust in the state increased following the 2015 death of Sandra Bland, a black woman who was arrested at a traffic stop in Texas then found dead in a Waller County Jail cell a few days later.

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