Traffic Stop

Traffic Stop

Alex Landau, an African American man, was raised by his adoptive white parents to believe that skin color didn’t matter. But when Alex was pulled over by Denver police officers one night in 2009, he lost his belief in a color-blind world—and nearly lost his life. Alex tells his mother, Patsy Hathaway, what happened that night and how it affects him to this day.

Directed by: Gina Kamentsky & Julie Zammarichi
Executive Producers: Donna Galeno, Dave Isay & Lizzie Jacobs
Produced by: Rachel Hartman & Roxana Petzold
Audio Produced by: Jud Esty-Kendall
Animation, Design & Production: Gina Kamentsky & Julie Zammarichi
Animation Assistant: Temah Nelson
Production Intern: Jeremy Gordon
Original Music: Joshua Abrams
Music Performed by: Joshua Abrams, Marquis Hill, Emmett Kelly & Adam Thronburg
Music Mixed by: Joshua Abrams & Neil Strauch

Funding Provided by
Corporation for Public Broadcasting
W.K. Kellogg Foundation

In partnership with
POV
NPR
American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress

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19 Responses

  1. Boris Borcic says:

    “Alex Landau, an African American man, was raised by his adoptive white
    parents to believe that skin color didn’t matter. But when Alex was pulled
    over by Denver police officers one night in 2009, he lost his belief in a
    color-blind world—and nearly lost his life. Alex tells his mother, Patsy
    Hathaway, what happened that night and how it affects him to this day.”

  2. C.C. Chapman says:

    #BlackLivesMatter

    We MUST find a way to fix all this deep seeded hate. 

    • Beverly Dracos says:

      It is heartbreaking. I, for one, am committed to the radical kind of love
      that builds bridges of racial reconciliation both individually and as part
      of a broader effort.

  3. Issy Cutter (HRHDuchessIssy) says:

    Choose this one for youth voices instead

  4. Matthew Ciscart says:

    Sad reality we live in.

  5. Eva Fulwiley says:

    #BlackLivesMatter

    We MUST find a way to fix all this deep seeded hate. 

  6. Karl B. Hille says:

    “Alex Landau, an African American man, was raised by his adoptive white
    parents to believe that skin color didn’t matter. But when Alex was pulled
    over by Denver police officers one night in 2009, he lost his belief in a
    color-blind world—and nearly lost his life. Alex tells his mother, Patsy
    Hathaway, what happened that night and how it affects him to this day.”

  7. Firebourn94 says:

    I am a thirty five year old Caucasian male. I am a military veteran and
    former Corrections Officer. I have been a Police Officer within the State
    of Massachusetts for seven years and I have never become so sick and ill
    after watching a video. These Officer’s should step up and admit there
    guilt like true and honorable men

  8. Jeff The Ripper says:

    and they said terrorist were bad guy

  9. Merlander742 says:

    Lmao BS

  10. Sean Patrick McGee says:

    Sad to see such hate in such a beautiful world. Cops like that should never
    exists.

  11. AngelKay7 says:

    This made me feel sick to my stomach. How can this kind of thing STILL be
    happening in this day and age?

  12. Karen Hall says:

    Shocking true story.

  13. Kristen Fleming says:

    Alex – you say towards the end that this experience lead you to the
    realization that you are “just another black man on the streets.” That
    brought a tear to my eye. We do live in a world where injustice seems to
    triumph over good more times than not; and, i love that you and your mom
    were able to transform this experience in to an opportunity to challenge
    some of these injustices. I hope that as you do this, though, you can
    regain some of the innocent faith you had before in a “color-blind
    world”…of course no one is color blind but there are people in this
    world (like you and your mom and me and others) who see color and
    differences in it, as a gift. May we all fight the ignorant with wisdom
    and compassion but may we never forget the beauty that exists already and
    that our efforts are to create more of it. Thank you for sharing your
    person and your story with this world.

  14. chazzatheninja says:

    THEY WERE CLEARED OF WRONGDOING: this video is slanderous and a blatant
    attempt to race-bait.
    Disgusting and vile faffery from whoever decided this video needed to be
    made.

  15. PapaGanoush17 says:

    Sounds like a lie to me

  16. cougcheetah says:

    They did have proboble cause to check the car after finding the marajuana
    but they absolutely had no reason to start beating on him.He was
    cooperating and was no danger to them.This is terrible.

  17. TobyAMV says:

    Uh-huh, he dindu nuffin wrong, right? He good boi, right?

  18. Rollo P. says:

    I know it sounds stupid, but I have to recognize, I am afraid of the
    police, I think its like a phobia, even if I never did something illegal, I
    am afraid some day a police officer will just kill me because I am not
    white or don’t speak good English, I am a bit ashamed to recognize it too,
    but I had to buy clearing skin cream to get a whiter skin color, just in
    case I got stopped by a police officer. I am not a bad guy or, not even do
    drugs or speed, and it sounds stupid, but I am actually scared of something
    like this happening to me or my family. That is what police in the USA is
    for me.