Ferguson forum tearing down preconceived notions. | News
The events in Ferguson have opened up dialogues nationwide. Wednesday night in Warner Robins, one pastor brought that conversation to Central Georgia.
13 WMAZ was at a forum directed at helping African Americans shatter preconceived notions they have about law enforcement and their rights.
"You have a right to remain silent. You're innocent until proven guilty. It's their job to prove that you're guilty," Pastor Troy Wynn said.
He says it's impossible to control the actions of police officers if you get stopped, so the best thing to do is be respectful and be educated.
"You're probably going to hear you're not going to answer me. You're not going to say anything. What's your name? I have the right to remain silent. Where are you from? I have the right to remain silent. That's all you're going to say? I have the right to remain silent. Believe it or not...that may save your life," he said.
We spoke to parents who say they constantly remind their children about proper procedure when being stopped by the police.
"So, always remember that they're recording. Every single stop has to be recorded," he said.
He says it's the duty of those who might be pulled over or stopped on the street to do what's right, because while there are a lot of good cops,"There are some officers that are waiting on an opportunity to show you how much power they have."
Wynn and his friend Pastor Jordan Poole plan another event at Warner Robins City Hall called "Unity in the Community."