NY Times— New York Today: Police and Teens, Connecting


(By ALEXANDRA S. LEVINE MARCH/NYTimes.com)- What happens when you bring together 10 teenagers from poor communities and 10 police officers to try to get them to talk?

Empathy ensues.

…The program started after the deadly police shooting of Sean Bell in Queens in 2006. Today, 7,500 New York police officers have either participated in a private workshop or watched a public performance at venues including the Police Academy in Queens, the Apollo in Harlem and the Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn.

…What both groups typically discover, Dr. Fulani said, is that they have a lot more in common than they might expect if they were to meet on a street corner.

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