06-08-16 (Article 3)


Arresting A Parent In Front Of A Child Has Lifelong Impact, Officers Learn

Watching an officer arrest a parent can lead to painful memories for children, one that can alter their perception of police for a lifetime.

“These memories endure and then they form attitudes,” said Lisa Thurau, executive director of the non-profit Strategies for Youth.

Seeing a parent arrested can cause immediate mental and physical health problems, like anxiety, sleep disruptions and irritability, according to research cited by federal authorities and police interest groups.

It also can lead to longer-term problems with law enforcement and authority figures.

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