BROOKLYN - In the wake of the Sean Bell controversy, community leaders in Brooklyn are showing residents what to do when stopped by police.

A forum was held Friday at the Brown Memorial Baptist Church to educate residents on how to interact with police officers. Community leaders want to remind residents that there are multiple reasons they may be approached by an officer, including just being in the area of a recent crime.

Residents are being urged to always remain calm and avoid getting loud or abrasive, as all have the right to remain silent. Residents are also being advised to have proper identification at all times.

The forum was sponsored by Assembly District Leaders Olanike Alabi and William Saunders from the 57th Assembly District. Panelists included Roger Able of the National Black Police Association, Noel Leader of 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care and state Sen. John Sampson (D-19th District).

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