Richmond symposium to educate youth on rights when encountering police, and proper decorum

Richmond symposium to educate youth on rights when encountering police, and proper decorum
In this 2013 photo from Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church in Richmond, Pastor Alvin Bernstine, Marvin Webb and Marv Weston wore hoodies at church in honor of Trayvon Martin.

A youth symposium at a Richmond church this Saturday will bring together elected officials, attorneys, religious leaders, educators and other influential groups with the aim of educating young people on their rights when encountering law enforcement, and also proper decorum when interacting with police officers.

The “Know Your Rights” symposium is being held by the National Bar Association in partnership with event host Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church, and includes a prominent list of attendees and agencies (see list below).

The event is free for all community members and will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church at 684 Juliga Woods St. in Richmond.

Attendees will learn how Fourth Amendment search and seizure rights apply to them, and how to act in front of a police officer.

The symposium will include guest speakers, role-plays, and a dialog between young people, law enforcement, the criminal justice system, the faith community and lawyers, according to organizers. A free continental breakfast and lunch are included, along with raffle prizes and community resources.

“In the wake of Ferguson, MO., and in light of the recent police officer involved shootings throughout the U.S., this event is a part of a national dialog on civics, justice and community awareness,” organizers said in a statement.

List of participating individuals and groups: National Bar Association, Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church, California Association of Black Lawyers, Richmond Baptist Ministers Conference, BART, Contra Costa College, Supervisor John Gioia, Mayor Tom Butt’s Office City of Richmond, Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Congressman Mark DeSaulnier, National Association of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), Supervisor Federal Glover, Assemblyman Tony Thurmond, Guardians of Justice, Richmond Police Officers Association, Richmond Police Department, Richmond Community Foundation, West Contra Costa Unified School District, State Bar of California Council on Access and Fairness, Bay Area Black Prosecutors Association.