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GABPA: 'Lessons from Trayvon Martin Case' in Decatur

Members of the Greater Atlanta Black Prosecutors Association leading a pair panel discussions Thursday in Stone Mountain and Decatur with the goal to reach at-risk high school males.

Trayvon Martin. Credit: File
Trayvon Martin. Credit: File
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In recognition of February as Black History Month, members of the Greater Atlanta Black Prosecutors Association are leading a pair panel discussions Thursday in Stone Mountain and Decatur to examine the realities of African-American boys’ and young men’s interactions with law enforcement.

“Too often,” said National Black Prosecutors Association President Bruce Brown in a news release, “African-American males are disproportionately impacted by negative interactions with law enforcement personnel. This should not be the case.”

The veteran prosecutors on the panels will be joined by local law enforcement officers, a Scared Straight officer and a local defense attorney. These unprecedented panel discussions coincide with the anniversary of Trayvon Martin’s death.

Entitled “Real Talk about the Law: Lessons Learned from Trayvon Martin,” the goal is to reach at-risk high school males. They will be presenting hard-hitting facts, feature authentic role-playing and offer realistic answers to the students’ very real questions.

Thursday, February, 27, 2014

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Southwest DeKalb High School, 2863 Kelley Chapel Rd., Decatur 30034

1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Stephenson High School, 701 Stephenson Road, Stone Mountain 30087

Contact: Community Prosecutor, Sonja Brown, Office of the DeKalb County Solicitor-General, snbrown@dekalbcountyga.gov, 404-371-2234.

Founded in 1983, the NBPA has more than 800 members in the United States and Canada. In addition to providing education and leadership in the legal profession, the NBPA hosts national and regional forums that explore subjects impacting the needs and concerns of the black community.

Warnin ToU February 27, 2014 at 11:10 AM
The greatest lesson that should be learned here is that of mutual respect. Trayvon died because he attacked a man with a gun - don't do that! We had another youth die in Jacksonville because he disrespected others. Should either of these deaths have happened? Definitely not! But until young black males decide that emulation of thug society is not the best practice, society will not give them the benefit of the doubt. People must earn respect, no law, no amount of social derision will grant respect to anyone. All communities, unfortunately, suffer from stereotypes BASED on the actions of a few members of the community. It is unfortunate that the black community seems to have a disproportionate number of people contributing negatively to the community's image and stereotype. Giving someone a pass based upon skin color will do nothing to cure the problem. When the community decides that many of it's problems are due to the actions of a relative few and makes a concerted effort to rid itself of the problems, then the problem will begin to dissapate.

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