NFL star Roddy White says he was fearful during traffic stop

Roddy White, a former Atlanta Falcon who is an NFL free agent, used a series of tweets to describe a traffic stop Wednesday that he said had him concerned for his life.

When a DeKalb County, Georgia, police officer apparently put his hand over his holstered gun as he approached White’s car, the wide receiver said he grew upset and worried.
White received two traffic tickets but said he wanted to report the officer for his actions.
“… It may save the next black man’s life,” White wrote.
Police told CNN they are aware of the incident, but White had not filed a report as of Wednesday night, as he tweeted he would. If he does, the matter will be investigated by the internal affairs unit, police said.
White’s experience comes during a time of well-publicized traffic stops of African-American motorists who’ve been fatally shot or treated roughly by police. The incidents have sparked protests and nationwide discussion about the interaction of police officers and minorities.

Following mom’s advice

White was driving a Camaro with tinted windows on Interstate 285, and said he didn’t realize he was speeding due to the busy traffic on the four-lane road. He said he followed advice his mother once gave him to get all his information ready and have the window rolled down when the officer approached.
Reactions to White’s tweets were mixed, but most voiced support for the police officer’s actions. Others said they have experienced the same thing and weren’t upset by an officer putting a hand over a gun.
A man named Chris Wright wrote: “Ima have to disagree with you on this. Unless he had it pointed on you. I’ve been stopped and had a cop unbuckle his strap.”
Another man said White, who is black, was unnecessarily making the issue about race.
“I’m white, and everytime I’ve been pulled over at night, the cop did the exact same thing. Ignorance. Stop feeding the divide,” Michael April said, although it is unclear when White was pulled over.
A woman tweeted her support.
“God bless you and stay strong! Tell your story!” Malina Carrillo wrote.
White, 36, played 11 seasons for the Falcons. In 2010, he led the NFL with 115 receptions and was named to the All-Pro team. He was released by the Falcons in March and at this point, midway through the season, it is unlikely he will sign with another team.

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