Norristown Weed & Seed is working to get 225 youth ages 12 and up to attend a big forum where teens and cops will sit down and have frank discussions with one another.
Most experts agree that African American and Latino youth make contact with the criminal justice and police systems at percentages that go far beyond their percentage of the general population. This imbalance – or disproportion – is viewed as a problem that must be addressed in many communities, including Norristown.
On Saturday, Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Gotwals Elementary School, (1 East Oak Street) we are inviting over 200 youth, ages 12 to 18, to come and share their real feelings about cops and for cops to finally hear and respond to what they have to say. We want to tear down walls of mistrust and forge better understanding of the positive roles of police in our community.