What to do when you get pulled over

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- One of the shootings that sparked the deadly protest in Dallas happened Wednesday in Minneapolis.

Philando Castile was shot and killed by an officer during a traffic stop. His girlfriend posted a Facebook live following the shooting.

After watching the video from Minnesota, some are wondering what exactly should you do when you get pulled over?

WSAZ caught up with Huntington Police on Friday and they walked us through what we should do when you see police lights in the rear view mirror.

"We don't know in many instances if you are on your way to the grocery store or just committed a murder," Huntington Police Chief Joe Ciccarelli said.

Chief Ciccarelli said Huntington officers have been trained to treat every traffic stop with caution.

"We approach here from the passenger side," Officer Eddie Bradshaw said as he explained how he approaches vehicles.

Officer Bradshaw said the driver should always roll the window down so they can easily talk with the officer. Bradshaw always calls for the driver's hands to be on the steering wheel.

He said to never make assertive movements with your hands and only reach for your license and registration when the officer asks for it.

During the traffic stop, officers are looking for anything that looks suspicious.

"I'm looking in between the seats to see if anything is sticking out of the seats that could be a sharp object or firearm or anything along that item," Bradshaw said.

If you have a weapon, Huntington Police say to notify them immediately.

Above all, the Huntington Police Department urges people to listen to officers when they are pulled over.

Ciccarelli said he could not speak to what happened in Minnesota because he was not there.

But if you feel like you've been mistreated at a traffic stop, Ciccarelli urges you to give him a call.

"If you feel like there's some misconduct you can come here and report that and it will be investigated but we don't hold court on the side of the road," he said.



 
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