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Supplementary Research

Objective:
Inform and inspire others to take action on police reform
Key Quotes

“We have different ways of evaluating that. Looking at the arrest data is probably the best way. When you see many contempt-of-cop arrests, which would be disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, you know you’re in a place where the interactions between police and youth are not informed by good approaches or an understanding of best practices for police youth interaction. Based on that, we customize our training to reflect what we see in the assessment.” - Atlantic 

“Racial profiling is a big problem in this city and that would seem a really important thing for youth to be involved in, with this sort of misconnect with issues about gangs and racial profiling where the Portland police will target specific neighborhoods of color, that would need to be a principled campaign that the youth committee could take on.” -Danielle Milan, Teatro Milagro

“Now, 57 million of the nation’s 74 million youth are on free and reduced lunch, meaning they’re living close to the poverty level, meaning they’re living in a state of anxiety that escalates their responses to everything. We want officers to be helpful. We recommend they carry food in their patrol car and have food in their school resource officer’s office.” - Atlantic

“Powerlessness stems from many different places for youth in relation to government. Sometimes the only way that youth interact with government is at school or with transit police, which often are not positive experiences. Youth generally expect not to be heard, or respected, because of how they have been treated in the past and in the rest of their lives.” - Portland Gov

Our findings show that youth-police dialogues can be a powerful factor in healing the relationships between youth and police in Rochester. These short-term dialogues appear to be beneficial to all participants in building communication in a constructive and collaborative manner, despite the large amounts of tension between the two groups. - Rochester Institue of Technology

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