Woman Creates ‘Not Reaching’ Pouch For Black People Who Get Pulled Over By Police
Unfortunately, we live in a time where you have to be extra careful living your daily life as a person of color — specifically a Black person. Pennsylvania mom Jackie Carter is on a mission to save Black lives by any means necessary, so she created the “Not Reaching” pouch; a small, clear identification pouch that can be attached to the driver’s side air vent of the vehicle.
Three years ago when she first thought of the protective pouch, Carter was at home in Pennsylvania celebrating her son’s 30th birthday when she heard the news that 32-year-old Philando Castile, had been shot and killed by a police officer. She says she thought to herself that someone “has got to come up with a solution”, so she created the pouch, hoping would keep young men from reaching around their cars while looking for license and registration documents and setting off potentially dangerous interactions with the police.
Carter told NBC News:
“I’m more fearful [for my son] in a car here than [when he’s serving] in Afghanistan.”
Meanwhile, a Washington, DC police officer noted:
“Anything that you can’t see throws you into that red flag or heightened mode. But it should never lead you to just assume that they’re trying to kill you.”
The pouch has sold more than 1,000 units since it launched three years ago, and Carter says she has given the product away to many drivers in her community. If we don’t look out for each other, than no one will. Thanks, Ms. Carter.