Teens, cops talk honestly about police encounters

A group of teenagers along with retired and current law enforcement officers had a frank discussion Thursday about what happens when people get stopped by police.

In their matching red t-shirts, the teens came with honest concerns and questions about police officers and images they've seen to the talk in Fort Worth.

"You see videos, you see the news, you see people being attacked by police,” one teen said. “Black people, poor people, you see white people, any type of people being attacked by the police you can’t necessarily disagree with that when you see it around you.”

The advice was how to act during a possible police encounter.

"Don't make any swift moves, don't go in your pockets for anything, don't pull out your phone,” said attorney Bobbie Edmonds.

The gathering at TCC is the 81st bi-annual convention for the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Club.

"The one thing I can tell you will get you in more trouble is lying about your name and birthdate,” said Dr. Wafeeq Sabir, TCC.

Raquell Fields is from Toledo, Ohio. She has a fear of officers with preconceived notions.

"Their duty is to protect and serve us regardless of where we are, what we look like or where we live,” Fields, a recent high school grad said. “So how would you suggest dealing with police officers that come in with those notions?"

Sgt. Billie Price is an administrative sergeant with Fort Worth PD.

"We are working diligently within our department to help us be able to relate to different cultures...that's a real issue,” Price responded.

The hour long discussion was helpful in more ways than one.

"I’m actually looking into going the law enforcement field so I got to learn a little bit more than I already know. I think it was a great experience for me to come here,” said Sharra McRae.

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