Texas students required to watch video on interacting with police in order to graduate high school

Starting this school year, Texas high school students are required by state law to watch a video instructing them how to interact with law enforcement during a traffic stop before they are allowed to graduate.

The law, which came following the fatal police shootings of several unarmed citizens, was crafted by the Texas legislature, civil rights groups and law enforcement organizations before being signed into law last year as the Community Safety Education Act, The Washington Post reported.

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The 16-minute video, which first went live last month, walks viewers through various reenactments showcasing guidelines for how to behave during traffic stops.

The video and class, titled the “Civilian Interaction Training Program,” are now considered mandatory curriculum in Texas's public high schools. 

"We did not feel that we could stand idly by as these tragic incidents that erode public confidence and create distrust for law enforcement continue to occur without making an effort that could ultimately help save lives," state Sen. Royce West, who authored the bill, said in a press release following the bill's passage.

“I wanted to put something in place that would temper the expectations of police officers and citizens,” he told the Post on Tuesday.

According to CNN, the curriculum includes "the role of law enforcement and the duties and responsibilities of peace officers, rights concerning interactions with peace officers, proper behavior for civilians and peace officers during interactions, and how to file a complaint against or a compliment on behalf of a peace officer."