Navigating Encounters with Police
Whether its ”Stop & Frisk” policing, sitting on the porch or walking down the street, African American males in communities throughout the U.S. and abroad are routinely stopped, questioned and/or detained by the police. While groups like the Department of Justice, American Civil Liberties Union (A.C.L.U.) and state legislators continue to hold hearings and convene task forces, the issue of “racial profiling” is reaching a critical point in communities of color.
The Dare To be King Curriculum provides a series of intense workshop modules and products that teach African American adolescent males the “rules of engagement” in the community. The curriculum addresses the following core areas:
- Search & Seizure
- Probable Cause
- Documenting Police Encounters
- Role of Parents
Often we never take the time to teach boys how to respond during a police encounter. The Dare To Be King Curriculum teaches our boys how to respond to the police which can ultimately save their lives.
Three basic scenarios which occur in on a regular basis:
- Young Black male dressed in a sweat suit and baseball cap is pulled over, searched and questioned by cops simply because he is driving a Lexus Coupe.
- Young Black male college student is detained on campus as he leaves the library because the police said that they received a report that a white female student was mugged on campus.
- Three young Black males are stopped as they walk home from basketball practice by the police claiming that the community is known for a high level of drug activity.
Get Home Safely
Over twenty years ago, an important infographic, “10 Rules of Survival If Stopped By The Police” was developed by David Miller, founder of “The Dare To Be King Project.” In partnership with CTS, WFYI, and Trinity UCC (on the south side of Chicago), SALT took Miller’s rules and created this Emmy nominated short film to bring this critical information to an even wider audience and to protest the fact that this film needs to be made at all.
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