Via BillyA former Alabama state trooper, in an open letter to unarmed black people, on Wednesday gave some advice: Don't run from police.
Orrin "Checkmate" Hudson, a Birmingham native and Alabama trooper from 1986 to 1993, wrote an open letter that appeared in Frost Illustrated, a Fort Wayne, Indiana, weekly geared toward African-American residents. "I've said it before, and I'll say it again: In a situation with the police, it's not immediately about who is right or wrong, it's about staying alive," Hudson wrote in the letter. "If the police are making a wrongful arrest, this can be corrected later at a safer time.
"Too many unarmed African-American men are losing their lives to white police officers, and most of the time justice is not being served. But even if justice is served, a valuable life has already been lost."
Hudson, who founded Be Someone, a non-profit that tries to help youth make better life decisions, gave five tips to avoid danger:
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