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http://www.akronpeacemakers.org/pdf/YouAndTheLaw.pdf

“The best way to avoid conflict is to not provoke
the officer while having a discussion about
law enforcement matters.”

http://www.npr.org/2015/02/20/387535400/for-students-in-ohio-a-crib-sheet-for-interacting-with-police

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 says.

The cards are getting lots of praise from adults, but they're now heading out to a tougher audience.

At Firestone High School on the city's northwest side, the reaction is largely one of interest, with some debate over the responsibility of officers in encounters.

Student Rachel Cooke says it's important that the cards recognize that police can be the transgressors.

"I'm not saying that all cops are bad, but there are cops that are drunk on their power, I would say. So I think that it holds them responsible so they can stay in line," Cooke says. "They have to obey the law just like we do."

In a quieter spot across from the cafeteria, Ryan Hall says he expects and welcomes the debate — better in a high school cafeteria than on the street.

"This is almost a preventative measure," Hall says. "In many cases it was a small situation that has escalated to end up being a much larger situation."

The idea for the cards came from a meeting in December, soon after police in nearby Cleveland shot and killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice on a playground.

Billy Soule is Akron's liaison with the PeaceMakers. He says the kids wanted to see more than protests.

"We were hoping that someone within the community would say, 'We need a mechanism to tell our kids what to do,' " Soule says.

So the kids did it themselves.

Though some argue the cards go too far in supporting the police point of view, these kids disagree. They say it was crucial that the cards also include advice to document and report police misconduct.

Ryan Hall says it's a matter of letting people know they have options. "People can feel as if they're powerless against police because they are the police — they're put in a position of authority," Hall says. "Instead of cussing him out, I can just say, 'OK. Let me calm down,' and then at a later time, call the police station."

Willa Keith, a retired Akron police sergeant who works with the group, says it's about building trust.

"We are all working for the same goal. We want peace in the city, we want harmony, we want to live the best lives that we can," Keith says.

The Akron group plans to eventually distribute the cards to adults and to possibly extend the program internationally.

Gary, Ind., Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, who chairs the U.S. Conference of Mayors Working Group of Mayors and Police Chiefs, says mayors across the country are desperate to find ways to bridge police-citizen divides in their communities — and she and others are looking at this approach as one way to do that.

  

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JUST OBEY, MOTHERFUCKERS. OBEY.
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^^ Pretty much
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^^^^
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cool.
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Basically gotta treat cops like angry, vindictive little children
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treat Cops like The Lord/The Church
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Isn't that what our parents have been telling us for DECADES.
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My undergrad Constitutional Law prof gave something like that to us
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Well-intentioned terrible advice, the truth is less respectable tho.
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RE: Kids given cards about how to interact with police in Akron, Ohio (s...
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Yep
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Bruh, MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS..... *SMH of a lifetime*
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Cold Truth
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1. "JUST OBEY, MOTHERFUCKERS. OBEY."
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That still won't stop them from fucking you up, but it's the best chance you'll have.

  

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3. "^^ Pretty much"
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Those cards should really just tell the historic truth about the police.

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4. "Basically gotta treat cops like angry, vindictive little children"
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Angry little children that are bigger than you, very sensitive and have rich parents.


I hate to think of all cops like this, but until the other cops step the fuck up and stops the bullshit then I'll continue to do so (for my safety).

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5. "treat Cops like The Lord/The Church"
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10. "Isn't that what our parents have been telling us for DECADES."
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6. "My undergrad Constitutional Law prof gave something like that to us"
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He passed them out to every one of his law-related classes every semester. That was 17 years ago & I still have mine.

  

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7. "Well-intentioned terrible advice, the truth is less respectable tho."
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8. "RE: Kids given cards about how to interact with police in Akron, Ohio (s..."
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The Police are the ones who need a crib sheet on how to interact with citizens, this shit is ridiculous!!

"serve and protect not break a niggas neck"

  

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Kira
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12. "Bruh, MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS..... *SMH of a lifetime*"
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Imagine what would happen if this happened to "middle america". We'd have a revolution on our hands......

  

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