MILWAUKEE – The ACLU of Wisconsin announced that it will continue to push for systemic equality for historically excluded communities by launching its Know Your Rights tour throughout the City of Milwaukee, beginning in November.
The series of events, which will be hosted with community partners, aims to empower Black youth and community members and provide them with information about their rights when interacting with law enforcement.
“We know that when a person is stopped by police, that is not only an extremely stressful experience, but one that could potentially change the outcome of a person’s life,” said Justice Grau, Director of Community of Engagement. “Although it is the officer’s job to make sure that a person’s constitutional rights are protected, time and time again, we’ve seen instances in which that is simply not the case.”
Even five years after the Collins settlement, Black Milwaukeeans are still disproportionately stopped and frisked by the Milwaukee Police Department.
“That’s exactly the point of these trainings,” Grau said. “To make sure that Milwaukee residents have all the information they need if they are stopped by police and help keep them safe.”
During the training events, attendees will not only learn about their rights when interacting with police, but they will also have the support of BIPOC-led mental health support at the end of each session.
To request training, go to aclu-wi.org/kyr.