PROJECT SAFE HANDS
When there's a traffic stop, two people meet who know nothing about each other--the police officer and the motorist. Depending on the reason you were stopped in the first place---the experience can be anywhere from pleasant to dreadful, even deadly. If the motorist hears an officer shout 'Show me your hands,' he feels that his life might be in danger and that's not a good sign. He may have even drawn his weapon at that point.
There are good cops and bad cops just like in any other profession . As a retired detective with 32 years of experience with the DC Police Department, City Security Consultants and Homeland Security – I’m deeply concerned about the safety of all. Many of todays police involved shootings including that of George Floyd, were the result of a traffic stop gone bad, poor training or the inability of the motorist to communicate with the officer. Motorist may feel extremely intimidated and rightfully so. Many police officers are trained killers through no fault of their own--straight out of the Iraq/Afghanistan Wars. It doesn't help when motorist feel they know the law well enough to put officers on trial---on the side of the roadway because they disagree with why they were stopped. Some motorists are disrespectful. That disrespect however is no reason for an officer to lose his or her self control. I take no sides on this.
Officers are trained to take verbal abuse, it comes with the territory as long as the abuse doesn't get physical and the verbiage is not offensive to others. Unfortunately very few cops have that type of self control. Much of what I've said or about to say isn't popular with many police officers but it must be said. Departments nationwide are infiltrated with white supremist cops. Because of this---all of our lives are in danger---including the lives of good cops. To make matters even worse is the average time it takes to investigate police involved shootings, (6 months to 2 years). Some, I feel---use these shootings as a way of supplementing their income by working side jobs while on paid leave. This is why some victims are shot numerous times by multiple cops. These problems will never be solved unless we talk about them.
You might recall the shooting of Breonna Taylor---one of the three officers inadvertently fired a shot into the adjacent apartment, no where near the intended target. He was eventually fired for that but each cop was placed on paid admin. leave pending an investigation. Now, back to the traffic stop, it's also my opinion, that with all the negativity and illegality given to the stop and frisk of citizens---the traffic stop has taken it's place---especially with black athletes and successful black and brown people who drive expensive cars. We, (Project Safe Hands) are all active and retired law enforcement who support BLM as well as honest hard working cops in blue. We've reached out to the NFL and NBA to educate young black and brown athletes on how to interact with cops who for some reason feel the neccessity to stop them because of the stereotype linking them and expensive cars to drugs.
When this happens, the line of questioning how questions are answer can be quite incriminating. Never agree to give an officer the right to search your vehicle and politely refuse to answer any further questions without consulting a lawyer. Our in person consultation will go over key areas of the traffic stop that will help you SURVIVE THE DREADED TRAFFIC STOP.
I've invented a simple, commonsensical product call Safe Hands that will save lives. We don't need any more statistics to show us the problem that we know exists. A recent study of 100 million traffic stops done by Stanford University over a period of ten years revealed---that blacks are disproportionately stopped by cops. Blacks are also disproportionately killed by cops.There should be no acceptable number of any race unlawfully killed by cops and yes, BLACK LIVES MATTER and must matter in order for all lives to matter because ALL means the whole or entirety. There is no ALL lives matter unless Black Lives Matter.
Retired DC Police Detective/Founder/Author
Project Safe Hands
1959 S Power Rd suite 103-180
Mesa, AZ 85206
Safe Hands are manufactured by Edna Products, 4727 E Bell Rd. STE 45 Phoenix, AZ 85032 301-213-0212
What are Safe Handstm?
A method of making visible -- the hands of motorist, especially at night -- on traffic stops.
By using a pair of reflective patent pending half mittens that cover only the fingers of the driver’s hands, leaving the thumbs exposed,
making it literally impossible to conceal a weapon.
One of the main reasons an officer gives for firing his or her weapon is often the fact that they couldn’t see or didn’t see the motorist hands or thought the motorist was reaching for a gun.
These mitts save lives! According to the FBI and Force Science Institute -- death by traffic stop is now the number one cause of police fatality nationwide. Remove the fear during traffic stops while showing support for POLICE OFFICERS killed in the line of duty while making traffic stops as well as WOUNDED WARRIORS, and WRONGFUL DEATH VICTIMS.
How do they work?
These mitts are designed to cover only the fingers, leaving the thumbs exposed and lessening the chance of concealing a weapon within. They are attached by a 4 inch cord. These mitts are attached that way to limit the movement of a motorist hands and promote a safer environment for the officer and motorist on a traffic stop.
The mitts are attached to the car’s sun visor by a plastic clip sewn into the mitts and worn only when pulled over by an officer. They 're made from high visibility mesh with 100% polyurethane filling.
What is The Purpose Again?
The objective is to save lives of officers and motorist. To give financial support to WOUNDED WARRIORS and WRONGFUL DEATH VICTIMS.
All of this and more will be achieved when the use of Safe Hands is mandated by the U.S Congress -- for all registered vehicles in the United States.Call your congressman and go to https://www.gofundme.com/f/ug3ssf-project-safe-hands to donate or click the donate button below.