Bridging the gap between Geneva youth, police

It’s not a problem limited to Geneva, but it does happen in the city.

Police, responding to a complaint, come across a youth or group of kids causing trouble. Words are exchanged, sometimes heatedly, and a situation that could have been resolved peacefully doesn’t end that way.

An effort to avoid those situations is behind a Feb. 10 event at the Ramada Geneva Lakefront. Called “Know & Assess Your Rights: A Youth and Police Community Conversation,” it will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“We want kids to understand the dos and don’ts of police contact, and for them to have a better relationship with Geneva police officers, but also state troopers and sheriff’s deputies,” said one of the event organizers, Lucile Mallard, longtime president of the Geneva chapter of the NAACP. “We are focusing on kids ages 12 to 19. These are the kids who may feel like they are targeted by police or might get in some type of trouble.”

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