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Despite criticism, Minneapolis schools say officers have a role


January 24, 2019

David Joles – Star Tribune

Minneapolis Police officer and school resource officer Drea Leal does a handshake with a passing student as she does her rounds in the hallways Friday, Jan. 18, at Minneapolis Roosevelt High.

On a recent Friday afternoon at Roosevelt High in Minneapolis, school cop Drea Leal got an urgent page: There was a fight.

Leal raced up the stairs and faced an angry female student, who recklessly started swinging, at one point hitting her. But Leal responded calmly, dropping her hands and standing back to give the student some space and allow staff to step in and defuse the situation.


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