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Ohio Students Receive Instruction on How to Respond to Police

February 20, 2015  | 

Akron middle school and high school students are receiving instruction on how to lawfully interact with police. (Photo: Screen Grab)
Akron middle school and high school students are receiving instruction on how to lawfully interact with police. (Photo: Screen Grab)

This week, every middle and high school student in Akron, Ohio, is getting a glossy, two-sided card giving them suggestions for dealing with police.

It's a collaboration between an anti-violence youth group and the city's police department.

The "You and the Law" cards begin with the big picture: Stay out of trouble. And then a rapid succession of 15 points — control your emotions, answer questions about your identity, put your hands on the steering wheel in plain sight.

The back of the card advises students to report police misconduct and includes phone numbers to call.

The youth group is known as Akron PeaceMakers. Member Devin Clark says it raised $1,500 to print 50,000 of the cards.

"When they get put in the situation, they're going to look back at that card and be like, 'Wow. You know, that helped when I actually read that.' It'll put them in a better position," Clark told NPR.

Comments (5)

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Joe @ 2/21/2015 9:20 AM

Wow, a card explaining to youths how to deal with the police. I grew up with my parents teaching me to respect the police. As a teenager my father told to do not do anything stupid that will cause you to get arrested. I feared my dad more then the police. I served as a patrol officer for 20 years.
The lessons begin at home, how you raise your child. If you hate the cops, your kids will too.

Leonard Mather @ 2/21/2015 12:18 PM

"You and the Law" card makes beautiful sense. Clark reporting positively to NPR approaches the miraculous. Imagine being instructed to COOPERATE with the LEO, and to FOLLOW ORDERS, to COMPLY, and to NOT RESIST! Only after the event is one to file complaints or make claims of misconduct. It is a shame that this advice is rare or unknown, or unheard of. This information will be shocking to the Al Sharptons and Jesse Jacksons and their ilk. It takes away from their purpose of polarization of the races.

claywatson @ 2/22/2015 2:01 PM

Uncommon sense on a card? That plus Chris Rock's video (How to not get your ass kicked by the police) should be on every phone until it *is* common sense.

Jim Davenport @ 2/22/2015 6:04 PM

Looks more like a card passed out by Internal Affairs.

Robert Kolbe @ 2/24/2015 7:43 AM

In case anyone wants to read the entire document. Here is the PDF.

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