We actually have a line that we do at our house. We practice this thing. What is it?
I'm Arriell Sky Williams. I'm eight years old. I'm unarmed, and I have nothing that will hurt you.
我是 Arriell Sky Williams。我八歲。我手上沒有任何武器，我沒有任何會傷害你的東西。
That's just kind of a thing we practice at our house.
Black Parents Explain How to Deal with the Police
There are great police officers out there; there's also some police officers who are not so good. And my fear is that you run across one of those bad ones.
For some reason, people of color have always been a target by the police.
Before they became a policeman, they were a person. And that person took all their ideas, and all their thoughts, and all their prejudice into their job.
Why would a police officer assume that you did something bad?
Maybe because of my skin color?
I remember being put in handcuffs for something that had nothing to do with me. I was literally walking in the mall. Cops slammed me on the ground, busted my lip, chipped my tooth. That actually made me really mad.
How about the time they pulled us over with me in the car and arrested me and left all of you guys sitting in the car, and nobody knew how to drive on the side of the road? Because the "bumper" on the car was kinda hanging off?
You know, we live in Puyallup. There's people that don't even have a bumper on their car.
"My rear brake light wasn't working." And I got to my destination, and they were working.
I was about your age, actually. They grabbed me.
I didn't know at the time. They just grabbed me. They threw me onto the police car.
I got tased that time. That time they tased me because they said I wasn't complying.
Arriell, are you okay?
What's wrong, baby? I'm okay. I'm alive, all right? Every day I get to see you, I get to do this, right? All right, come on. Let's calm down. Let's finish this, all right? You good? Hey, you making me cry. Come on.
You have to be careful when you're out there in this world because this world's not gonna always be honest or fair to you. I know, Sean, you got a little bit lighter than the rest of them, so there's a possibility you won't get stopped.
Pretend like you just pulled him over.
If you're driving, cop pulls you over...
Police gets out of the car, comes to the window. Tut-tut. What would you do?
License and registration, please, ma'am?
Why do you think I pulled you over?
I don't know. Tell me.
When a police officer says something to you, don't, don't—you're black. You can't be looking at them saying, "Oh, I don't know. Why don't you tell me?"
Well, I mean—
That right there is giving them...to them the license to pull you out of your car and physically harm you because it would be done.
Don't get upset. Don't get sassy. "Why did you pull me over?" You don't have—I don't have—just follow instructions and stay calm.
Do you think just being a police officer and pulling you over, regardless of if you feel you've done something or not, they should get your respect?
That's a tricky question.
The answer is yes.
If you gotta go to your wallet to get your IDs, say, "Can I go reach in my back pocket to get my ID out?"
You could do what I do. And I show them my hands, so when they're walking up, they see I don't have anything in my hands.
I'm Arriell Sky Williams, and I have nothing that'll harm you or hurt you.
我是 Arriell Sky Williams，我沒有任何會傷害你的東西。
And what's the next place you put your hands when you're driving? Or on the steering wheel, put your hands out.
If at all possible, turn your phone on. And call someone and put it on speaker. But whatever you're doing, I want you to say what you're doing before you do it.
You don't write any statements.
Well, you have to write a statement.
You don't have to write anything; you're a minor. I'm responsible for you. No one can tell you anything else.
If he tells you to be quiet, be quiet. Do everything that you can to get back to me. I see it weighing on you, and I don't want to weigh on you.
I'm just worried about Donovan. I'm worried about him now.
Who are you guys talking about?
Our—her—my nephew. And her cousin.
I don't want him to be shot. I don't want him to go to jail.
Um, you guys, if you could say anything to police, what would you say?
Learn about people. Learn about their problems.
Take some diversity training. I mean, it should be, like, an every, at this point, like, a monthly requirement.
You know, there's really nothing at this point that they could do that will make me feel any safer with or without them. Just point-blank clearing them all out and starting all over from scratch.
So don't always assume that all of them are bad.
But all you see on the news and in newspapers, and it keeps happening. It's just in a different way. It's, like, how people are like, "You should forgive so-and-so." But they keep doing it to me. I forgave them, but they keep doing it to me. It gets harder and harder to forgive them.