PLBC hosting Know Your Rights symposium in Philadelphia on April 16

State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown, D-Phila., chairwoman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, announced the PLBC will sponsor a Know Your Rights Symposium from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 16 at the Global Leadership Academy Charter School, 4701 W. Girard Ave., Philadelphia.  

Another PLBC member, state Rep. Ronald Waters, D-Phila./Delaware, is expected to join Brown at the event.

"We have all heard the horror stories about violence occurring between police and members of various communities," Brown said. "The goal of this event, and others planned around the state, is to inform citizens what their rights are and how to interact with police officers so that we don't have those incidents in Pennsylvania."

The symposium will bring together representatives from the law enforcement community, including Philadelphia Police Capt. Altovise Love-Craighead and members of the legal/criminal defense field including Public Defender Charlie Cunningham, as well as members of the local religious community.

"The symposium participants will discuss what rights citizens have, how law enforcement interprets those rights and how both sides can work toward a positive interaction," Brown said. "I expect both the law enforcement community and the general public will see the discussion as a way to develop a framework for better communication and understanding on both sides."