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Alumnae Stories: Building Bridges

After more than two decades working as a juvenile justice advocate, Lisa Thurau ’82 understands just how fraught interactions between cops and children can be. She’s seen firsthand how situations can escalate.

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She wants to know why police handcuffed her son in school

Around noon on Dec. 11, 2019, Christeena Lothrop received a text message from another parent at Auburn Middle School, asking if her son was OK. The text showed a picture of Lothrop’s then-13-year-old son, belly down on the floor of the school’s crowded cafeteria, with a police officer kneeling on either side of his back.

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Six Years After Tamir Rice, Cleveland Makes New Rules About Policing Kids

Critics say a new policy for police encounters with children doesn’t go far enough. More than six years after Cleveland police fatally shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice as he played with a toy gun in a park, sparking national outrage and calls for change, the city is poised to introduce a policy aimed at reshaping how officers interact with children.

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Calls for Reform Follow Rochester Police Pepper-Spraying a 9-Year-Old Girl

The response to Rochester police handcuffing and pepper-spraying a fourth-grade girl has been swift: New York state and local lawmakers are joining youth justice advocates to demand systemic changes in how police treat kids. In the aftermath of the incident, the Rochester Mayor suspended one of the officers involved, placed two others on administrative leave and launched an internal investigation.

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Improving Law Enforcement/Youth Interactions in Times of Crisis

How is the current COVID-19 pandemic is impacting youth and their families? Experts provide recommendations for positive law enforcement response.

The webinar took place on April 21, 2020. Click the button below to watch the video and see the supporting materials.

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