Due to the mourning of our city, I am here to inform you of the upcoming Young People’s Summit: The Law and You sponsored by the City of Savannah and hosted by Councilwoman Dr. Estella Edwards Shabazz. This citywide summit and community unity prayer vigil will be held on Friday, December 26, 2014 at the Liberty City Lake and Community Center located at1401 Mills B. Lane Boulevard, Savannah, GA 31405 (West 52nd Street) at 4:45 pm.
I am asking “ALL” citizens to come as we fully surround the Liberty City Lake as one community. The event will start with prayer from ministers from all across the City ofSavannah; and the Summit will continue inside the Liberty City Community Center for all with a message and dialogue targeting young people ages 16-24 years old. The purpose of this summit is to inform our young people about how they should interact with law enforcement and how law enforcement should interact with them. Today’s headlines are full of detailing stories between law enforcement officials and young people. While most officers of the law have standard procedures to follow, most young people are not aware of the proper measures. As a result, there is often a breakdown in communication between law enforcement officials and young people.
In a collaborative effort, your 5th District Representative and the Savannah Chatham Metropolitan Police Department have joined together to suggest a code of conduct. The purpose of this code is a guide to follow if you are stopped by law enforcement, and these suggestions should be used as guidelines until professional legal advice and guidance can be obtained.