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Local barbershop aims to educate community about being stopped by officers

Local barbershop aims to educate community about being stopped by officers./ Photo: Alexandria Ikomoni

Local barbers are working to bridge the gap between young black men and police officers.

As a part of a week full of events to celebrate Black History Month supported by the Albany Business Leauge, Kut N Edge Barbershop wanted young men and boys to know what they should do after being pulled over by a police officer.

Barber shop owner Lerron Lee said most young people within the Albany community don't know how to properly handle and respond when they've been pulled over.

Lee said education in the youth is important so that everyone can go home to their families at the end of the day. Even if they are too young to drive now, they might in the future.

He said you should comply with the officer and do what they are asking you to do. The key if someone gets stopped is to remain calm.

“Don't act scared like you're nervous,” Lee said. “That throws up a red flag. If you stay as calm as you can, everything should go pretty good."

The next event to celebrate Black History Month will be two private screenings of the Black Panther movie Thursday night.

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