SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Springfield FBI office is working with filmmakers to produce a video that agents hope will improve the interactions teens have with law enforcement officers when they’re pulled over.
The State Journal-Register reports that the Central Illinois Film Commission is shooting the video, which should be available in high schools across the state by the end of the year.
The video comes at a time of increased scrutiny of police-involved shootings and increased tension between black communities and law enforcement around the nation.
Special Agent Sean Cox says educating young people on traffic stop procedures could prevent some incidents from getting out of control.
Teresa Haley is president of the state NAACP chapter. She says it’s important black people are shown in the video to make it more effective.