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Church members spark discussion about how to handle police

4 years 1 month 2 days ago Saturday, February 21 2015 Feb 21, 2015 February 21, 2015 9:11 PM February 21, 2015 in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Ambria Washington

BATON ROUGE - Some church leaders are hoping to educate their community on how to handle law enforcement confrontation.

Local church members and District Attorney officials met at the Second Baptist church on North Acadian Thruway on Saturday hoping to educate people on the "right way" to handle cops from a simple traffic stop, pedestrian stop to even handling being arrested by a police officer.

"No unarmed man should be killed by the police because they are here to serve and protect," said Defense Attorney Mike Nunnery. "It's a enough of them (police) being killed now, so they're in fear so let's just be honest about it... we need to handle this situation."

District Attorney officials say these discussions are crucial right now and think educating the public will prevent dangerous situations from escalating.

"We need to learn to make good decisions... the only way to make good decisions is to be informed of good decisions," said Ronald Gathe, works as a prosecution attorney with the DA's Office.

Defense Attorney Mike Nunnery says he's seen multiple cases where a simple traffic stop by a police officer can take a turn for the worst.

"I've literally seen thousands of cases that ended up with a simple no turn signal or simple bright light out and it turns into multiple felonies for this reason or that reason," said Nunnery.

The District Attorney's office will host a similar discussion at Mckinnley high school next week.


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