Some of the most high-profile incidents of police violence in recent years have involved youths and teens. In Ferguson, Michael Brown was 18. Baltimore’s Freddie Gray was 25, and had a history of encounters with police. Tamir Rice, in Cleveland, was only 12.
Across the country, police and young people are increasingly coming into contact. More officers today are being hired to patrol schools, and youths are among the groups most likely to be stopped on the streets. Teens and young adults make up about 40 percent of all police street stops, according to a 2011 Justice Department survey.