Chicago teenagers, police build ties during National Night Out

By Joseph Ruzich
Special to the Tribune 

CHICAGO — Cicero resident Stephanie Avan said many students at her high school say the police are out to get them. Until recently, the Morton East High School sophomore felt the same way.

"I just didn't want to be around them," said Stephanie, 15. "I didn't trust them."

But she said her opinion began to change last February when she joined Corazon, an anti-violence organization in Cicero, and met local police officers.

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