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Do Cops Belong in Schools? Minneapolis Tragedy Prompts a Hard Look at School Police


Just eight days after a Minneapolis police officer killed George Floyd, an unarmed black man, the school board there voted to cut ties with the city police department, fulfilling a long-time goal of activists.

As mass protests continued nationwide over police brutality, activists in other cities—including Chicago and Denver—hope the demonstrations will cause their districts to review their own agreements with local law enforcement agencies, and to consider how those relationships can disproportionately affect students of color.

Young people’s very first interactions with law enforcement increasingly occur at schools. Such interactions can be positive, but they can also be a vulnerable child’s first step into the labyrinth of the criminal justice system. And federal data show black students are more likely to be arrested or referred to law enforcement than their peers.


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