It’s Cops 101.
The principal of East Side Community HS invited the New York Civil Liberties Union to give a two-day training session last week on interacting with police.
The 450 kids were coached on staying calm during NYPD encounters and given a “What To Do If You’re Stopped By The Police” pamphlet.
NYCLU representatives told kids to be polite and to keep their hands out of their pockets. But they also told students they don’t have to show ID or consent to searches, that it’s best to remain silent, and how to file a complaint against an officer.
Principal Mark Federman said he brought in the NYCLU because students told teachers they had bad experiences with being stopped by police. He said the training also was relevant to history classes studying the Ferguson, Mo., shooting.
“We’re not going to candy-coat things — we have a problem in our city that’s affecting young men of color and all of our students,” Federman told The Post.
“It’s not about the police being bad,” he added. “This isn’t anti-police as much as it’s pro-young people . . . It’s about what to do when kids are put in a position where they feel powerless and uncomfortable.”
The hourlong workshops — held in small classroom sessions during advisory periods — focused on the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk program and how to exercise Fourth Amendment rights when being stopped and questioned in a car or at home.
The fact that this is part of the curriculum should trouble you deeply.
Somehow this bothers me less than 5 year olds being taught to find a hidey hole (in class) and duck from a possible rampant shooter. Probably because it applies equally to ALL 5 year olds. Of course, all 5 year olds aren’t getting that lesson. And in the end, the fact that BOTH of these are things on a continuum of information/knowledge/skills young people need to know in this (dystopian) era just compiles my current standards of ‘deeply troubling issues of our times’.
Can we get a training for the cops on how not to shoot unarmed Black people