Can a police officer order you out of your car? Experts weigh in on Sandra Bland case

– LA TIMES, JULY 22 2015, FEAT. PROF. SETH STOUGHTON:

Can a police officer order you out of your car during a routine traffic stop as a Texas trooper did to Sandra Bland? And what about ordering you to put out a cigarette while you are still in your car?

Yes, an officer can order you out of your car, police experts agreed. But whether an officer can command you to extinguish a cigarette is murkier, depending on whether the cigarette is perceived as a threat. Several also said that some of the trooper’s actions were unprofessional and did not make for good policing.

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