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NYCLU, Occupy Utica Holding “Know Your Rights” Workshop

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Utica, NY (WIBX) – The local chapter of the New York Civil Liberties Union, in partnership with the Occupy Utica Movement, is holding a “Know Your Rights” training session tomorrow evening at the DeSales Center in Utica.  Organizers say the aim is to advise area residents about the need for effective law enforcement, while understanding their own rights and responsibilities when dealing with police.

“So people are educated about their rights, about their civil rights about their civil liberties, because a lot of people unfortuntely are not educated on those issues,” said Brendan Dunn with the Occupy Utica Movement. He says guest speaker will be Barrie Gewanter, Executive Director for the Central NY Chapter of the NYCLU.

The event titled, “What To Do If You’re Stopped By Police” starts at 7:00 p.m. and is free for all to attend. Dunn explains that people will get the training and tools needed when dealing with law enforcement officials. He says, “Gewanter will explain and demonstrate what to do if you are stopped, questioned, arrested, or injured in your encounter with the police.” Dunn says the aim is to ensure that residents and police are accountable for their actions. For information about the workshop visit, The group can also be found on Facebook.

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