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Posted: Friday, March 17, 2017 4:49 pm

Homestead YMCA offering series on understanding your legal system and the people who work in it to help us all

Robert Kennedy once said, “Every society gets the kind of criminal it deserves. What is equally true is that every community gets the kind of law enforcement it insists on.”

In recent years there have been many unfortunate occurrences of violence during interactions between police and citizens around the country. This has led to a great deal of confusion and mistrust between law enforcement and the citizenry. In the great majority of cases, volatile situations could have been avoided with a simple understanding of personal rights, appropriate behavior and an understanding of intentions.

Law enforcement exists to protect and serve our community. Without laws and the enforcement of those laws, society would quickly unravel with everyone suffering from the lack of protection and security. Our law enforcement officers take on the difficult job of keeping people safe while many times risking their own lives in the process.

There have been instances where in the process of fulfilling their duty in community policing, some law officers have stepped over their bounds and have made mistakes resulting in tragic consequences. There have also been instances where simply and calmly obeying the requests of law officers would have allowed quickly resolved situations where public safety was the ultimate goal.

At the Homestead YMCA we purpose to provide youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility to our local community. For that reason, we are facilitating a 3 part series on “Community Awareness”. During this monthly series we will be hosting a criminal defense attorney, local police representatives, and a prosecutor who will educate and train in their areas of expertise. Through greater awareness and understanding, unnecessary tragedies can be avoided.

This Wednesday, March 22nd, from 5:30-6:30 (teens) and from 6:30-7:30 (adults), Annabelle Nahra, criminal defense attorney, will be speaking on police rights, citizen rights, and proper behavior during situations that involve the police, amongst other topics. Please join us and bring as many young people as possible. Come see all the great improvements and changes at your local Homestead YMCA.

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