Hampton NAACP holds ‘Know Your Rights’ training forum

Posted at 7:02 PM, May 04, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-04 23:53:07-04

Hampton, Va.  - The Bethel AME Church in Hampton was standing room only on Monday night.

The packed church was filled with residents who wanted to learn more about their rights through the Hampton branch of the NAACP's "Know Your Rights" forum. The event had six panel members, all of them law experts including the Hampton Police Chief Terry Sult and Hampton Commonwealth's Attorney Anton Bell.

Forum attendees were able to ask the panel a series of questions; however, most questions focused around residents' rights when it comes to being approached by a police officer.

"With everything that is going on nationally, I thought it was important for my son to be aware of his rights," explained Rachel Harvey, a Hampton resident.

Although Harvey's 13-year-old son, Alfredo, has never been in trouble with police, she said she wants him to be prepared for anything.

"The cops in the area are pretty good. I know a lot of the officers here and they have their own families too. But then there are those rotten apples that ruin the whole barrel and leave a bad taste in some of our residents' mouths so I mean, you have to take the good with the bad, but you gotta hope for the best," says Harvey.