FBI hosts outreach program to show youths how to interact with law enforcement

Program showed youngsters do's and don'ts of traffic stops

By Bill Barajas - Reporter

SAN ANTONIO - The FBI hosted an outreach program with the help of the Department of Transportation and the San Antonio Police Department. It was a chance to understand the fears and concerns on both sides.

"If there's anything we can do that can improve community and police relations, we want to be a part of it," FBI Supervisory Special Agent Robert Krupa said.

Those invited range in age from 10 to 18. The objective was to teach them their rights and how to interact with law enforcement.

"I just don't want to end up like everybody else, getting arrested and all that," 10-year-old Amarion Burton said.

The program included the do's and don'ts of traffic stops.

"It was so surreal because with the lights and everything. The cop (was), like, walking up. I can almost feel, like, you know, the fear he may have just walking up to someone he doesn't know," said Damika Burton, who took his nephew to be part of the program.

The program also included a look at how the FBI evidence response team works, a chance to be fingerprinted and a peek inside the gun vault.

Amarion said the program has helped give him a different perspective on law enforcement.

"It's not all about killing black people and all that. They really help us," Amarion said.

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