Community forum planned to address police violence against children in East Baton Rouge

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Community members and advocates will meet virtually Thursday to discuss police violence against Black children in East Baton Rouge Parish.

Attendees will discuss “a recent incident of an officer pinning a child to the ground with his knee and the regular use of police dogs to chase and bite children during routine arrests, which has injured dozens of youth in the city in the past few years alone,” a press release from the Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights reads.

The meeting will begin with public information and stories from a mother whose son was bitten by a police K-9, LSU Professor Madalyn Wasilczuk, EBR Public Defender Lakita Leonard and community organizer Myra Richardson.

Community members will also have the chance to share their own experiences and propose solutions to the issues discussed, according to the press release.

The Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights, the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison Reform Coalition and P.R.E.A.C.H. are hosting the forum.

The meeting will be held Thursday from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Click here to register.

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