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He is checking to see if the trunk is unlocked, and whether or not the car is running. It also allows him to feel movement in the car that he may not see.

Actually it is to leave fingerprints on the vehicle in case the traffic stop goes badly. This helps the prosecution establish proof that the police office was in "contact" with the vehicle.

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