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Youth-led meeting to tackle police reform in Denver

Denver Police
Posted at 5:50 AM, Jul 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-21 07:50:16-04

DENVER — A youth-led community town hall will discuss police reform Tuesday night. Youths ages 12 to 24 are invited.

"It's important for young people to be involved because they're going to be the director of safety. They're going to be the police officers, social workers, mental health professionals," explained Dr. Robert Davis with the Greater Metro Denver Ministerial Alliance. "Whatever model we develop through the task force, they're (the youths) the ones who have to carry it through the coming years."

"We are the rising generation," said 18-year-old Jhoni Palmer. "We will be leading this charge. Anything that happens in public safety is going to fall back on us."

"Public safety isn't something you necessarily hear 18 year olds, 12 year olds talking about," Palmer said. "For our older generation to look to youth for help is incredibly important. It's our future. It's going to be in our hands."

The youth-led community town hall will be on zoom at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Youths can learn more and register here.

Adults are invited to actively participate via Facebook Live. Adults can learn more here.

The zoom is being reserved for youth to amplify voices often rendered silent, organizers said.

"These decisions have been made out of respect for young people, and we ask that attendees are respectful of this setup," organizers said.