How many people know what to do when stopped by the police? How many know their
Answers to these common questions will be addressed during a discussion titled “What to
Do When Stopped by the Police,” which will take place from 10 a.m. to noon at MCC on
Monday, March 20.
It will be held in Room 1100 of the Stevenson Center, and it part of the series, “And
Justice for All…”
Presenters include Jeffrey Lewis, director of public safety for the Muskegon Police
Department; Joseph Thomas Jr., police chief of Muskegon Heights; and Charles Ayres, an
assistant public defender and trial attorney for Muskegon County.
Nicholas Budimir, sociology professor at MCC, will facilitate the discussion.
The two law enforcement officers will share insights and informative materials, as well as
conduct role-playing with students and cite personal experiences to educate the audience on best
practices and how the police are trained to approach routine stops.
Ayres will discuss individuals’ legal rights in those situations. A question-and- answer
period will follow.
Lewis joined the Muskegon Police Department in 2011. He serves on the Muskegon
Social Justice Commission and the Muskegon Rotary’s Diversity Inclusion Subcommittee.
Thomas has served two tours of duty in Iraq as a senior police advisor for the U.S.
Department of State and was also a deputy director of training supporting the Palestinian
Authority Security Sector Transformation Program.
Ayres has been involved with the Muskegon County Public Defenders’ Office since it
opened in January 2014 as only the second in Michigan.