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RCPA Event Features Youth Panel and Howe Award

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The second annual Riverside Coalition for Police Accountability (RCPA) membership dinner featured a youth panel from local colleges providing their percept ion of pol ice and social justice in the Riverside area. Additionally, the fourth annual Bill Howe Award for Police Accountability was presented to Leslie Braden for her courage and tenacity after her brother, Joseph D. Hill, was killed by RPD officers during a routine traffic stop on October 19, 2006. The award is named for former UCR Pol ice Chief Bill (William) Howe. The moderator for the student panel discussion was Frank Hauptmann, Manager of the Community Police Review Commission (CPRC).

Leslie Braden was born and raised in Riverside, CA. She graduated from Rubidoux High School and has three children who are attending college, including a daughter current ly enrol led at California Baptist University.

She worked for the Jurupa Unified School District as a bus driver/ trainer for 22 years and was the union job steward for the JUSD transportation department for a few years. She currently operates, manages, and supervises a private transportation company Empire Transportation Services located in Riverside. She is a member of the NAACP and actively attends workshops, symposia and other functions.

She is the president of the youth department for her church, Light of the World Church of God in Christ, led by Pastor Lawrence C. Ash.

As Ms. Braden says, “I will continue to be relentless in my pursuit of justice and prevention of officer-involved deaths and will use my influence to promote the preservation of life as much as possible in law enforcement encounters.”

The Riverside Coalition for Police Accountability was founded in response to the 1998 Tyisha Miller shooting and is dedicated to police oversight.

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