Coffey Anderson, an African-American country singer, created a viral video that teaches others how to be both safe and smart when pulled over by police.
You may recognize Coffey Anderson as a finalist from NBC’s 2008 reality series Nashville Star. He is still actively performing across the country and has developed a large social media following. Last week, Anderson filmed a short video to teach others the best strategies to keep in mind during a traffic stop. Anderson shared the video on his Facebook page just hours after the news broke that Minnesota police killed Philando Castile during a traffic stop.
“Education is key,” Anderson says in the video. “What do you actually do when you get pulled over by the police? That’s a good question and many are so nervous when it happens to them that they get themselves in more trouble without meaning to.”
The video has received mixed reactions from viewers, who have watched the clip over 32 million times. Some fans have raised their disappointment over Anderson feeling like such a video was even necessary. Others have praised him for trying to keep other safe while also managing to keep a level head.
Anderson says that he simply wants to bring people together with his now viral video. “This is about going home,” he explained in the clip. “There is a big disconnect because at the end of the day it’s about stereotypes. I want to break the wall down between what we really don’t know about each other to what we can learn from each other. Let’s make a simple protocol that can get you guys some safer on the police side and on our side.”