A Michigan group uses vehicle maintenance as a way to help minimize negative and unnecessary police interactions and positively empower the community.
From replacing burned-out headlights to making sure turn signals are working properly, Stop Prevention Clinic volunteers provide simple but potentially costly auto repairs free of charge and eliminate automotive problems that could give forces the order a reason to arrest people.
“It’s bad when a police officer randomly stops people, randomly asks for consent for a fishing expedition, and we know that often happens in socially and economically disadvantaged areas, which are also in areas of black and brown, and that leads to racial profiling,” Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton said, according to WXYZ-TV of Detroit.
Pull Over Prevention Clinics have gained support from those who provide and those who use the service in Southeast Michigan.
“We launched the first one, it was really a success, there was a clear need,” said POP volunteer Jonah Hahn. “We launched the next one, even more people came. So that was just an indication, okay, it’s something we do. It’s something we do well. It’s clearly a need in this area.
Shutdown prevention is constantly evolving and has become more than just automotive repairs. The group also provides information on health and pantry resources and works with the Washtenaw County Health Department to distribute COVID safety supplies, including cleaning supplies and masks.
“The hope is to involve many different organizations because these issues intersect in many ways, whether it’s housing, injustice, homelessness, racialized police stops,” Hahn noted. . “A lot of the fundamental issues at play here affect similar types of people, and their root causes tend to come from the same places.”
“So the hope is that we continue to grow organically, incorporating more groups, more voices, and that the nature of the event may also change,” he added.
The next Southeast Michigan Pull Over Prevention pop-up clinics are scheduled for April 17 and 24.