Minneapolis Public School Board Votes To End Contract With City’s Police
Following the death of George Floyd in police custody, Minneapolis’ public school board unanimously voted to “end the district’s contract with the Minneapolis police department to use officers to provide school security,” reported the Guardian.
- Nelson Inz, one of the school board members, commented on this matter, saying: “We cannot continue to be in partnership with an organization that has the culture of violence and racism that the Minneapolis police department has historically demonstrated.”
- A survey of Minneapolis students that received over 1,500 responses revealed that about 90 percent of them supported this decision.
- The Minneapolis teachers union also endorsed the change, “calling for the city’s schools to ‘cut all financial ties’ with the police department, and to invest in additional mental health support for students instead.”
This decision is a “major victory for activists across the country who have been working to remove all police from schools,” The Guardian noted.
- Studies have shown that “more students enter the criminal justice system when more police officers are in schools,” and that having police officers at schools may “[fuel] a school-to-prison pipeline that disproportionately harms students of color.”
- Neva Walker, “the executive director of Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth, a non-profit group that focuses on creating more equitable public schools,” said: “We have to get past the idea that police are the means to protect our children, especially for black and brown students.”
- According to the National Center for Education Statistics, more than 70 percent of America’s public secondary schools and 30 percent of its primary schools have law enforcement officers who regularly carry firearms.
The University of Minnesota also said it would cut ties with the city police department.
The university president, Joan Gabel, said in a letter last week that the university would no longer work with the police department to provide security for football games, concerts and other large events, and that it would limit its cooperation with the police to joint patrols and investigations “that directly enhance the safety of our community”.