Saint Leo University, along with the YWCA of South Hampton Roads and Piney Grove Baptist Church, are presenting Know Your Rights from noon to 2 p.m., Saturday, February 27.
Community members are invited to this free event in order to learn about their rights in encounters with law enforcement officers and the criminal justice system.
“The hope is that knowing such information will decrease the incidence of violent encounters when people are stopped by the police,” said retired Judge Ramona Taylor, Saint Leo associate professor of criminal justice. Taylor is the YWCA-South Hampton Roads Advocacy Committee chair.
The event will be at the Piney Grove Baptist Church, 2804 Holland Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23453. Water and snacks will be provided by Saint Leo University.
Guests are invited to engage in conversation on the following topics:
● Welcome and statement of purpose – Taylor and the Rev. D.L. Williams, Piney Grove Baptist
● Stop and Frisk, Traffic Stops, Racial Profiling, and Implicit Bias – retired Deputy Chief John Bell Jr., Virginia Beach Police Department;
● Warrantless Searches – Lt. Johnny Gandy, Virginia Beach Police Department and adjunct professor at Saint Leo University;
● Consent Searches – Sgt. Eric Hines, Newport News Police Department;
● Expungement of Criminal Records-Adult Records – Andre “Andy” Rosenberg, assistant commonwealth’s attorney, City of Virginia Beach;
● Expungement of Criminal Records-Juvenile Records – Glena Lee Mackay, deputy clerk, Virginia Beach Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court and YWC Advocacy Committee member.
“The expungement information is being provided so that everyday people will know that charges that are not prosecuted (nolle prossed) or that are dismissed can be deleted from their records,” Taylor said, “again with the hope that such knowledge will decrease the violence in encounters with the police by individuals attempting to argue their cases to the officer performing the stop or arrest.”
For more information, call (757) 619-5224. RSVP to email@example.com.
About Saint Leo University
Saint Leo University is a regionally accredited, liberal-arts-based institution known for an inclusive Catholic heritage, enduring values, and a capacity for innovation. The school was chartered in 1889 by Catholic Benedictine monks in rural Pasco County, FL, making Saint Leo the first Catholic college in the state. Saint Leo provides access to education to people of all faiths, emphasizing the Benedictine philosophy of balanced growth of mind, body, and spirit.
The university welcomes learners from all generations and backgrounds, from civilian occupations and the armed forces, and from across the country and more than 60 nations around the world. Saint Leo’s nearly 16,000 undergraduate and graduate students may elect to study at the beautiful University Campus in Florida, at more than 40 teaching locations in seven states, or online from any location. The university’s degree programs range from the associate to the doctorate. Through these rich offerings, Saint Leo develops principled leaders for a challenging world.
Saint Leo University boasts nearly 80,000 alumni in all 50 states, Washington, DC, five U.S. territories, and 72 countries.
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