Learn what to do when stopped by police

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.

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