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Minnesota DFL leaders say school officers law shouldn't change as police, GOP push for special session

ST. PAUL — Minnesota law enforcement groups and Republican lawmakers continue to push for a special session to change a law that led to agencies pulling officers out of schools.

But so far, Democratic-Farmer-Labor lawmakers and Gov. Tim Walz have not shown any signs they’ll agree to a return to the Capitol to revisit new legislation that creates restrictions for the use of prone restraints on students.

While DFL lawmakers and Attorney General Keith Ellison say the law does not stop officers from using restraints in order to prevent serious harm or death, law enforcement groups argue the holds are needed in other situations. As a result, more than 30 agencies have pulled officers from schools since August, according to the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association.


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