Center’s Youth-Police Workshops Hit the Core of Juvenile Justice
At the Mitchell Community Center, a group of children get handcuffed. The rest of the summer camp students in the room giggle.
"Now, what went wrong this time?" asks LaJereka Hunt, who is dressed as a police officer.
Her partner at the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center, Paul Garner, holds up a hand-lettered sign as a hint and the children repeat in unison, "I want to speak to an attorney or my parent."
In between snack time and recess, students attending the Memphis Park Services’ summer camp program get a crash-course in how to interact with the police.