More than 100 attend PLBC Know Your Rights Symposium

HARRISBURG, April 1 – State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown, D-Phila., chairwoman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, announced the PLBC will host additional  Know Your Rights Symposiums around the state following the success of the initial event held March 31 in Harrisburg.

More than 100 people attended the standing-room-only event, which featured representatives from the law enforcement community, including officials from the Dauphin County District Attorney's office and members of the legal/criminal defense field, including staff from the Dauphin County Public Defender's office.

In addition to Brown, PLBC members and state Reps. Patty Kim, D-Dauphin, and Ronald Waters, D-Phila. –along with state Rep. Harold English, R-Allegheny – attended.

Local members of the law enforcement, prosecutorial and legal/criminal defense fields who participated in a panel discussion included:

  • Ed Marsico, Dauphin County district attorney;

  • Jessica Bush, Dauphin County public defender;

  • Chief Tom Carter, Harrisburg Police Dept.’

  • Chief Robert Martin, Susquehanna Township Police Dept.;

  • Sgt. Clarence Stoke, Capitol Police;

  • Sgt. Dan Minor, Capitol Police; and

  • Royce Morris, criminal defense attorney.

"We have all heard the horror stories about violence occurring between police and members of various communities," Brown said. "Many incidents have arisen from the lack of understanding between the law enforcement community and those they are sworn to protect."

The PLBC will host a similar event at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 16 at the Global leadership Academy, 4601 West Girard Ave., Philadelphia, and is also planning events for Pittsburgh and Chester.

"The PLBC aims to offer advice and support to all Pennsylvania residents who believe their rights are not adequately being protected," Brown said.

Citizens with questions or concerns about their rights are urged to contact the PLBC at (717) 772-6955.