Dewayne (left) and Alex Walton of Oakland hd to have "the talk" with their kids about how to act with police.
Alex Walton of Oakland serves her children at the table.
The Waltons of Oakland sit for a meal.
You've heard of "the talk" -- parents telling their children about the birds and the bees.
But some families of color have a different kind of talk.
One that, for the Waltons of Oakland, came after a traffic stop several years ago on New Year’s Day.
Alex and Dewayne Walton, were stopped by police and asked for their license and registration. It seemed to take forever.
Finally, the officer said, “There’s nothing on you, so we’re doing to let you go,” Alex Walton recalled. “It was just the fact that you see us, with our children, in a hybrid, with UCLA license plates…and then you come back surprised that my husband doesn’t have any priors – or a record or anything like – what is that?””
That experience resulting in a "talk" to their children: How to behave when approached by police to avoid getting into trouble and to stay alive.