Minneapolis Board of Education votes to kick police out of public schools
The city’s school board held a special virtual business meeting Tuesday solely to discuss its contract with the police in reaction killing of Floyd, a 46-year-old black man who died while handcuffed and being held down on the ground by officers, with a knee pushed down on his neck.
I firmly believe that it is completely unnatural to have police in schools,” Kimberly Caprini, treasurer of the board, said during the discussion. She added that schools that have close relationships with their school resource officers who are officers could continue them with after-school activities, “but not to the degree” that has existed for years.
Police officials did not respond Wednesday to queries about the board’s decision, but Deputy Chief Erick Fors said in a Tuesday statement quoted by Minneapolis media outlets: “The Minneapolis Police Department appreciated the opportunity to provide years of service to the Minneapolis Public Schools through the School Resource Officer (SRO) program. The relationships that were built were impactful not only for the students and staff, but for the officers who had a calling to work with our youth through mentorship and engagement. We will continue to work in cooperation with the Minneapolis Public Schools regarding safety and security issues."
School District Superintendent Ed Graff said on social media that he would engage with students, staff and families over the summer to get input for a new security arrangement for the next school year.
During the meeting, Nathaniel Genene, the student representative on the Board of Education, said he had ...
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