WASHINGTON — A Maryland emergency room doctor wants to save lives, but his prescription doesn’t involve new medications or safety equipment: He’s targeting young men and hopes more of them will come home safely after encounters with police.
Dr. Geoffrey Mount Varner, of Bowie, said that humility and respect are they keys to surviving interactions with police and avoiding a trip to the ER.
Mount Varner said his son, and the realization that his 11-year-old boy was old enough to be killed by the police, motivated him to write a book detailing steps the public — especially young, black men — can take to safely negotiate traffic stops and other routine encounters with police.
His self-published book, “Home Alive: 11 Must Rules for Surviving Encounters with the Police,” is not intended to be a cure-all or policy prescription to reduce the number of people killed at the hands of police each year, he said. He calls it a way to bridge the gap.