A forum for teens to discuss law enforcement's use of force will be held Friday, August 1. (Source: WECT)
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -
A forum for teens to discuss law enforcement's use of force will be held Friday, August 1.
Vance Williams, the Executive Director of Advance Youth Outreach, has organized the forum to make teens aware of the rights they hold when being confronted by a law enforcement officer.
"Sometimes things go on in the community and they feel like they don't have a resource or an advocate to reach out to," Williams explained. 'This forum is to create that resource- to create a strong base of advocacy."
The outreach coordinator said he has invited community youths, local leaders, psychologists, and lawyers to the event.
He said he decided to host the forum in response to an incident where a WPD officer was indicted for using force on a Wilmington teenager.
"It's about educating the community about the things that's going on in the community as far as the relationship between the community and the police department. This forum is about coming up with solutions," Williams added.
The event will be held at the Southeastern Alliance for Community Change building located at 317 Castle Street. Williams said all members of the public are invited.
For more information contact Vance Williams at 910-547-0787 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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