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Law enforcement officials answer questions at 'You Have the Right' panel discussion

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Families and police officers sat down together at Ridgeway High School to learn their rights.

"I worry about what to tell my child when he is out," said Tasia Smith, who brought her son to the "You Have the Right" discussion Tuesday night. "I want to be able to teach him and give him the tools he needs."

Active law enforcement officials and practicing attorneys explained the law and addressed the concerns of parents and students in the audience.

Recent national events and the local shooting of Darius Stewart sparked audience questions, like whether passengers are required to show identification if they are not driving.

Officers and attorneys agreed there was no simple yes or no answer. An officer can ask passengers for their I.D. if there is any reasonable suspicion.

Attorneys advised that any conversation with an officer is consensual. Passengers can keep conversations brief, or choose to remain silent.

"If you know the law, you can follow the law," University of Memphis student Edwardos Brittanum said. "If you follow the law, you will know the law."

Brittanum said he came to the forum to learn about the law, but also to connect with other concerned Memphians.

"If we can come out for positive things, then we can come together as a people," Brittanum added.

The panel discussion also gave residents a glimpse into the fears of concerns of officers.

"They just want to do their jobs and go home like everyone else," Tasia Smith reflected.

Organizers said they plan on hosting a series of similar discussions throughout the year.

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