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,
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.