Law enforcement, Asheville youth meet face-to-face at 'LEGAL'

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A partnership between law enforcement and young people is working toward more positive interaction.

"If we can change one life, to show police officers are here to help, then we've made a difference, we've prevented something that could be a catastrophe," said Andrew Murray, the attorney for the United States District Court for the Western District of NC.

Representatives from the U.S. Attorney's Office, Asheville Police Department and Buncombe County Sheriff's Office met for training Saturday in a program called "LEGAL": law enforcement guiding adolescent lives.

They spent four hours with young men from the "My Daddy Taught Me That" group, talking about how having positive interaction is a two-way street.

"We talk about law enforcement being better in our community, but I think our community needs to understand law enforcement as well. So, bridging that gap," said Keynon Lake, CEO of My Daddy Taught Me That.

The attorney general and Lake also worked on teaching the young men about their rights, how to approach law enforcement, and when approached by an officer, what's expected of them.

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