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    Howard County, Maryland’s, top official outlined a number of proposed changes to how police officers stationed in schools — called school resource officers — interact with their communities. The issue of placing police officers in schools has been widely debated, with some being of the opinion that stationing police inside school buildings leads to unequal policing of students of color. Still, others argue that they are necessary to ensure students’ safety. County Executive Calvin Ball said he recognized that changes were necessary to promote equity, but offered his support for keeping student resource offices in public schools. “I wholeheartedly believe that our community can find the right balance to preserve safety, promote equity and make progress on our county’s inclusive values and academic success,” Ball said in a new release. “I am well aware that in our own backyard we have work to do as it relates to remedying persisted...
    ARVADA, Colo. (CBS4)– Police in Arvada confirmed that one juvenile was detained Tuesday for investigation of two new specific threats against students, staff and faculty at Ralston Valley High School. The school was being monitored by additional police officers on Tuesday morning. One juvenile detained for investigation of threats against students staff and faculty at Ralston Valley High School. RV will be open and off of lockout. Thank you for your patience. pic.twitter.com/TZtqzkXFPx READ MORE: Red Rocks Howl To Recognize Health Care Heroes Rescheduled To Next Week — Arvada Police (@ArvadaPolice) April 20, 2021 READ MORE: Mixing & Matching? Getting Different Types Of COVID Vaccines In The Future May Provide Stacked Immunity The threats were said to be similar to threats against the school on Monday. On Monday afternoon, police responded to the school in reference to a Safe2Tell threat. (credit: CBS) MORE NEWS: Fluid Truck Remains...
    Loading the player... On Monday, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation identified Anthony J. Thompson Jr., 17, as the student who was shot and killed by police at Austin-East Magnet High School in Knoxville, TN, according to the Knoxville News Sentinel. Austin-East Magnet High School in Knoxville, TN via Google Maps Street View Though police have disclosed a few details regarding the events leading to Thompson’s death, the circumstances remain unclear, and now that police say a bullet from Thompson’s gun did not in fact hit a police officer, contradicting original reports, suspicion and unrest grows in Knoxville. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released a statement nearly 48 hours after the fatal shooting that said “Preliminary examinations indicate the bullet that struck the KPD officer was not fired from the student’s handgun,” referring to the altercation that preceded the incident. BREAKING: The student killed at Austin-East Monday was Anthony Thompson, Jr,...
    A black grandfather was punched and kicked by white police officers after suffering an epileptic seizure while walking his autistic grandson to school, his family says.     A female bystander captured footage of the Thursday morning incident in Minden, Louisiana, which saw five cops - four of them white, one black - gather around Robby Bailey, 53.  Bailey was already on the ground by the time the woman and another bystander began filming, with one of the white cops seen kicking him, and another filmed punching him. At one point an officer yells 'stop resisting!' while Bailey's grandson, who family said is autistic, watches helplessly a few feet away.  His mother Margia Bailey, 80, told DailyMail.com on Friday morning that her son is being treated in hospital, although she is unsure how severe his injuries are. She says that she has yet to see footage of the incident, and refused to comment...
    The President of the Chicago Police Union, John Catanzara went on Cuomo Prime Time to discuss the fatal shooting of 13-year-old Adam Toledo. He called the actions of the police officer “100% justified” and added that officer’s actions were actually heroic.” Adam Toledo was shot early March 29th by a Chicago police officer who was responding to a report of gunfire. The police said the incident was an “armed confrontation” and a gun was found nearby. Since the bodycam footage was released Thursday, there has been a debate over whether or not it shows Toledo holding a gun when he was shot. Catanzara defended the officer saying, “In reality, an average human being could not block someone from slapping him in the face in less time than that…It’s a good reason why the officer only shot one. He would have been justified to shoot multiple times.” He gave his sympathies...
    The mayor of the east Tennessee city of Knoxville requested the release of video footage of a high school shooting that left one student dead and a police officer wounded, but a local prosecutor said Thursday she denied the request amid the ongoing investigation. Mayor Indya Kincannon said on Twitter that she had requested that redacted video be made available to the media and the public from Monday’s shooting at Austin-East Magnet High School in east Knoxville. Police said a 17-year-old student had a gun inside a school and was fatally shot in a confrontation with officers in a bathroom, but details of what authorities say happened have changed since the incident. Community activists have demanded release of the footage. A school resource officer was wounded by a gunshot, which the TBI said Wednesday did not come from the student’s gun, raising the possibility that the officer could...
    The student killed Monday in an officer-involved shooting at a Knoxville high school has been identified and a bullet that hit the officer did not come from the student’s gun, authorities said. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) has identified the student at Austin-East High School as 17-year-old Anthony J. Thompson, Jr. Austin-East High School and Officer Adam Wilson. (AP/Knoxville Police) The Knoxville Police Department responded to a report of someone possibly armed with a gun at the school around 3:15 p.m. on Monday. Upon arrival, officers located the suspect in a restroom and ordered him to come out, but he refused to comply, TBI said in a press release. The officers entered the restroom, a struggle ensued, and the student’s gun was fired, TBI said. The officers fired twice. One of the KPD officers was hit by a bullet in the upper leg, but not from...
    WILMINGTON, Del. (CBS) — Two police officers who were responding to a triple shooting in Wilmington were involved in a three-car crash on Tuesday. Two cars, including the police cruiser, ended up on their side at the intersection of C and South Heald Streets. READ MORE: Open For Business: Pats Music Shop In Mayfair Still Soothing The Soul In Good Times And Bad Officials say the officers were taken to the hospital to be checked out, along with another driver. READ MORE: Morgan Braxtons Stepmother Knew Something Was Wrong Before She Was Allegedly Murdered By Boyfriend Byron McDonald II A 37-year-old was fatally shot in the triple shooting the officers were responding to. The shooting happened around 2 p.m. on the 1000 block of North Pine Street, police say. MORE NEWS: Philadelphia School District Reveals In-Person High School Graduation Plans For 1st Time Since Pandemic A 26-year-old woman and...
    KNOXVILLE, Tennessee -- Authorities say a student at a Tennessee high school fired at officers and was killed by police.Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director David B. Rausch said at a news conference Monday that police responded to a report of a possible gunman at Austin-East Magnet High School in Knoxville.He says the officers encountered him in a bathroom and ordered him out but he wouldn't comply. Rausch says that's when he reportedly opened fire, and police fired back. Police added there were no other known victims."This wasn't a school shooting .. this was an officer-involved shooting inside a school," said Rausch.The student died at the school and an officer was wounded and was taken into surgery. The officer was rushed to University of Tennessee Medical Center with injuries that are not expected to be life-threatening, police said.Multiple law enforcement agencies, including the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, responded and are investigating.Bob...
    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities say student at Tennessee school fired at officers, was killed by police. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    A man suspected of carrying a rifle near the Sylmar Charter High School was taken into custody Monday afternoon, shortly after all students and staff were evacuated, police said. William Cooper, an officer with the Los Angeles Police Department, said police took the man into custody peacefully at about 3 p.m. The man was at an apartment complex on the north side of the school in the San Fernando Valley, the LAPD tweeted. Six to eight students and roughly two dozen staff members were evacuated from the campus, a school police spokesperson said. Few people were at the school because the campus has not yet returned to in-person learning. Cooper said calls about a man waving a knife at passing vehicles came in at about 12:30 p.m. Responding officers spotted the suspect with a rifle and requested backup, Cooper said. It was unclear if the man had a...
    The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 35, the police union that represents sworn officers in Montgomery County, Maryland, said that two officers were assaulted in separate incidents the night of April 5, and the organization is drawing a direct link between the incidents and what the union calls “the anti-police narrative” from elected officials at national, state and local levels. The unsigned statement from the union says officer morale has suffered and that the Montgomery County Police Department is seeing an increase in turnover. The union’s statement said there are 14 officer candidates in entry level training at the academy, while 75 officers are expected to leave by the end of the year. It’s not clear whether those departures are tied to typical attrition rates or represent a spike in departures. The statement reads in part, “Elected officials pushing an anti-police agenda make the GOOD officers feel what they worked...
    SILVER SPRING, Md. (WJZ) — Two police officers are facing disciplinary actions after a video shows them harassing and arresting a 5-year-old child. Video of the January 2020 incident was released late last month. READ MORE: 2 Prince Georges County Correctional Officers Facing Charges For Allegedly Hitting Taco Bell Employees With Car, Police Say The child had wandered away from a Montgomery County elementary school. It shows Dionne Holliday and Kevin Christmon pushing the child into a patrol car while he is uncontrollably crying. READ MORE: Maryland Awarded Nearly $3M in COVID-19 National Dislocated Worker Grant Funds Then, back at the school, the officers are shown once again yelling at the 5-year-old and one officer places handcuffs on him and tells him what would happen if he was arrested. The police chief says he cannot give many details due to the investigation. Montgomery County Council and the school superintendent say they...
    MESQUITE, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – A student was arrested on the Mesquite High School campus Tuesday for possessing a firearm and drugs, police said. Police said a student told school resource officers and an administrator that another student was using drugs on campus. READ MORE: Debate Intensifying Over Proposed Texas Election Law Bills Officers went to the reported location on campus and found two students smoking marijuana, police said. During a search, officers found a gun and other illegal drugs on one of the students, according to police. READ MORE: Police Say Michael DeLeon, 19, Killed 18-Year-Old Chris Palma By Gunfire The student, who was not identified, was arrested and charged for carrying a firearm on a school campus and possession of a controlled substance. MORE NEWS: COVID-19 Case At DFW Airport Tower Causes Brief Ground Stop, Operations Moved To Alternate Location “The Mesquite Police Department would like to recognize the...
    (CNN)A Maryland police department is under a spotlight after body camera video was released showing officers locate a 5-year-old boy who fled school, return him to the building and scream in his face, berate him and encourage his mother to physically abuse him. The officers are heard in the footage talking casually about crating the boy like a "beast," denying him a nap as punishment for bad behavior, calling him a "violent little thing," handcuffing him, and suggesting he should be hit with a keyboard hard enough for keys to lodge into his backside because the boy was alleged to have broken a computer at school. The 51-minute video was released Friday by authorities in Montgomery County, Maryland, after the boy's mother filed a lawsuit in January against the officers and the board of education that oversees the district. The footage, which is on the Montgomery County Police Department's YouTube...
    A Minnesota high school teacher chained herself to the courthouse where Derek Chauvin is facing trial for the murder of George Floyd to protest police killings in Minnesota.   Kaia Hirt, a tenth grade English teacher at Champlin Park High School, wrapped herself in chains locked onto a security fence at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis on Monday and stayed put overnight.  She told DailyMail.com that her dramatic gesture was a protest against what she views as city and state officials' failure to 'build a relationship with the community since the death of George Floyd last May'.  She said that she planned on staying chained to the fence until she got some assurances that things are going to change.  Those changes included a commitment from Senator Warren Limmer to conduct a vote on police reform, an end to qualified immunity and lifting the statute of limitations on police involved homicides....
    The Montgomery County Police Department is facing a lawsuit after police video shows officers mocking and scolding a 5-year-old boy. A Maryland police department released body-camera footage on Friday that shows Black police officers scolding, handcuffing, and berating a 5-year-old Black boy for nearly an hour last January. The boy’s mother, Shanta Grant, told The Associated Press through her attorneys that she has filed a lawsuit naming Montgomery County Public Schools and the Montgomery County Police Department, whose officers encouraged her on camera to beat her child. Attorneys Matthew Bennett and James Papirmeister, said in a statement to the AP that the officers treated a 5-year-old boy “as if he were a hardened criminal.” His mother is seeking “justice and fair compensation for the trauma he endured.” “She also hopes that the incident will lead to changes in policy and training, both with the school and the police,” the attorneys added. The child, a student at East Silver...
    Montgomery County police officers respond to school incident involving 5-year-old Boy. (Photo: The Montgomery County Police Department) A pair of Montgomery County police officers believe that Black children who get into trouble at school aren’t being whupped enough. But the truth is that all that whupping is a big part of the underlying problem. “We want you to beat him,” Officer Dionne Holliday told the stressed-out mother of a 5-year-old Black boy having a meltdown at the East Silver Spring Elementary School in Silver Bring, Maryland. “Don’t use a weapon … but you can smack that butt repeatedly,” she added. Read More: Maryland police release video of 5-year-old placed in handcuffs at school Holliday offered this advice after she and another officer, Kevin Christmon, repeatedly yelled at the boy, threatened him, mocked his cries by screaming inches from his face, called him a “beast” and said he needed to...
    A police department in Maryland released body camera footage showing two officers in January 2020 berating a five-year-old boy who had run off from his elementary school, calling him a "little beast" and later telling his mother she should beat him to better discipline him. Montgomery County Department of Police released more than 51 minutes of body-camera footage Friday providing more insight into the incident that happened on Jan. 14, 2020 when an employee at the East Silver Spring Elementary School called for officers' assistance in addressing a five-year-old child who had left the school grounds and did not wish to return. A pending civil lawsuit filed by the child’s mother, Shanta Grant, against the Montgomery County, Montgomery County Public Schools and Montgomery County Police is seeking monetary damages for the psychological trauma allegedly endured by the kindergartener. CALIFORNIA COP UNDER INVESTIGATION FOR ALLEGED PROUD BOYS MEMBERSHIP The two officers involved, identified in the...
    More On: maryland 3 shot at convenience store, another found shot inside burning apartment We’re gonna need a bigger road! Sharks spotted rolling down highway Body of missing 26-year-old woman found in Baltimore’s harbor Former police chief charged with targeting rivals in 12 arson attacks Police in Maryland released disturbing bodycam footage that shows officers handcuffing a weeping 5-year-old and calling him a “beast” after placing him in a squad car for not being in school. The video, released by the Montgomery County Police Department on Friday, was recorded in January 2020 and shows the officers repeatedly berate the small boy as he sobs uncontrollably. “Does your mama spank you? She’s going to spank you today,” one of the officers tells the boy. The officers first encounter the child walking around a neighborhood after he allegedly “left school grounds.” While attempting to place the child in a squad...
    Loading the player... A Maryland police department has released body camera footage of two officers yelling at and handcuffing a five-year-old boy more than a year ago. The footage from January 2020 has caused outrage in the community. The police were called after the student at East Silver Spring Elementary School in Silver Spring, Maryland wandered away from campus. The child was later confronted by two officers of the Montgomery County Police Department, as reported by WJZ-TV. According to NBC News, the officers were called after the child, who allegedly broke a computer, left the school. The body camera footage shows the officers approaching the child and asking his age, to which the boy responded by saying he was five. A screenshot of body camera footage released by Montgomery County Police in Maryland showing a five-year-old child being placed in handcuffs in January 2020. READ MORE:...
    SILVER SPRING, Md. -- A police department in Maryland has released body camera video that captured two of its officers berating a 5-year-old boy who had walked away from his elementary school, calling him a "little beast" and threatening him with a beating.The video released Friday by the Montgomery County Police Department shows one of the officers repeatedly screaming at the crying child, with her face inches from his."Oh, my God, I'd beat him so bad," the officer said in the child's presence before telling him, "You do not embarrass me like this at school."The boy's mother has filed a lawsuit over the January 2020 interaction. Lawyers for the child's mother, Shanta Grant, said the video shows the officers treating her son "as if he were a hardened criminal." They said Grant is seeking "justice and fair compensation for the trauma he endured.""She also hopes that the incident will lead...
    Screenshot from Montgomery County Police Department body cam video in Montgomery, Maryland on January 14, 2020. Montgomery County Police Department via AP The events of January 14, 2020, are detailed in the body cam video released on Friday. Officers berating, handcuffing, and threatening to beat the 5-year-old during the 50-minute clip. The cops involved in the incident remain employed despite calls for them to be fired.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. A body cam video that shows Maryland police officers berating, handcuffing, and threatening to beat a 5-year-old boy has caused widespread outrage and calls for the cops involved to be fired. In the disturbing 50-minute clip released by the Montgomery County Police Department on Friday, the events of January 14, 2020, are detailed. Officers had responded to a call from East Silver Spring Elementary School regarding an unidentified five-year-old "who had left the school grounds and...
    A police department in Maryland has released body camera video that captured two of its officers berating a 5-year-old boy who had walked away from his elementary school, calling him a 'little beast' and threatening him with a beating. The video released Friday by the Montgomery County Police Department shows one of the officers repeatedly screaming at the crying child, with her face inches from his. 'Oh, my God, I'd beat him so bad,' the officer said in the child's presence before telling him, 'You do not embarrass me like this at school.'  The officers found the boy about one block from East Silver Spring Elementary School and drove him back to the school on Jan. 14, 2020, where they were met by a school administrator. The video shows an officer forcing the crying child onto a chair in the principal's office. Scroll down for video  Officers with the...
    Leaders in Montgomery County, Maryland, are expressing strong opinions about the recently-released video of two officers from the Montgomery County Police Department yelling at and handcuffing a 5-year-old boy who had walked out of his school and did not want to return. The video The near-hour-long video shows body camera footage of two African American officers — one male and one female — interacting with a 5-year-old African American boy who left the grounds of East Silver Spring Elementary School and refused to return on Jan. 14, 2020. In the video, school staff explain to officers that he had allegedly thrown a basketball at an instructor and knocked over a computer before walking out of the school. A staff member from the school contacted the police and asked for their assistance. Less than two minutes into the footage, the male officer is heard yelling at the boy. “I don’t care...
    A shooting in Atlantic City that prompted lockdowns of schools resulted in one man's arrest, authorities said. At 12:35 p.m. on Thursday, patrol officers responded to the 300 block of North Carolina Avenue for a ShotSpotter alert, according to Atlantic City police. Arriving patrol officers found Edmund Williams, 47, of Atlantic City, suffering from a gunshot wound a block away on Pennsylvania Avenue. A second victim, 49, also from Atlantic City, was driven to the AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, City Division. Williams also was taken to the medical center. Both men sustained non-life threatening injuries, police said. During the initial investigation, officers received information that a suspect may have fled into a residence on South Carolina Avenue.  Atlantic City Police Department SWAT personnel were called to the scene. After a period of time, officers made contact with the residents inside several locations.  As a precaution, two local schools, New York...
    Montgomery County, Maryland, is the latest to push forward with a proposal to end the school resource officer program, which would remove police officers from school buildings. The SRO program has come under increasing scrutiny as communities rethink the presence of police in schools. This follows the racial justice protests that took place last summer in response to several police killings of Black people. “Police officers should not be walking down the hallways of schools, especially now when students are coming back into the schools,” said Montgomery County Council member Nancy Navarro, who represents, District 4, in an interview with WTOP on Saturday. Navarro and the principal sponsors of the measure that would end the SRO program — At-Large Council members Will Jawando and Hans Reimer — point to data that show school resource officers disproportionately arrest Black and Hispanic students compared to white students. Navarro is proposing an alternative...
    RIPON (CBS13) — Officers were led on a chase that ended at the Ripon Elementary School playground late Tuesday morning, police say. Ripon police say, just after 11 a.m., officers responded to the Schemper’s Ace Hardware store to investigate a reported generator theft. The suspect ran towards the Ripon Christian Elementary School campus by the time officers arrived. READ MORE: Homemade Pipe Bomb Found In Front Of South Sacramento School Office A little while later, staff at Ripon High School reported seeing the suspect on their campus – prompting authorities to place both Ripon High and Ripon Elementary on lockdown. Officers went to try and contact the suspect, but he again ran off – this time onto the Ripon Elementary campus. READ MORE: Enochs High Teacher Accused Of Having Inappropriate Relationship With Student Eventually, officers were able to catch up to the suspect at the Ripon Elementary playground. Officers say...
    Associated Press PORT HURON, Mich. (AP) — A 32-year-old Ohio man has been charged in eastern Michigan with directing terrorist threats at a Port Huron elementary school and police officers, police announced Sunday. The Detroit News reported that Dominik Hricovsky faces multiple charges, including a threat of terrorism, discharging a firearm in or at a building and being a felon in possession of a firearm. A police statement accused Hricovsky of placing several calls to St. Clair County emergency dispatch threatening to burn down the Cleveland Elementary School and to shoot at police officers. Dispatchers traced the calls to a Port Huron apartment where officers found Hricovsky visiting his girlfriend. An investigation also found Hricovsky had fired one round outside an apartment window, the police statement said. The elementary school was locked down for about an hour until after the arrest of Hricovsky, who allegedly tried to flee as officers...
    BOYLE HEIGHTS, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- When students in Los Angeles county return to campus, school police officers will be gone and will instead be replaced by staff trained in de-escalation and conflict resolution.On Saturday, LAPD officers joined students and members of the community for a symbolic march across the First Street Bridge in Boyle Heights. The group dubbed the joint march "Good Trouble," marking the arrest of the late Congressman John Lewis 61 years ago as he fought for civil rights."Good Trouble for us today is all about reimagining public safety at our schools, in our communities, and for a lot of young people who are going to be here today to be a part of the process," said Daphne Bradford, the founder of Building Blue Bridges.That organization works to build relationships between law enforcement and the youth, like Princess Adkins, for positive change."Since my grandpa is a retired...
    Police in Montgomery County are currently investigating a stabbing that left two teens injured at the Oak Park Elementary School playground Monday evening, initial reports say. Officers arrived at the 500 block of Squirrel Lane in Hatfield Township around 5:30 p.m., 6abc Action News reports. Officers found a 13-year-old and a 15-year-old with stab wounds on the school playground, initial reports say. There is no information regarding their conditions. It is unclear how the stabbing occurred.  Police told the news outlet that the suspect ran from the scene. There is no further information as of 7:15 p.m. This is a developing story.
    The Los Angeles Unified School Districts plan to slash $25 million from its policing budget and cut 133 officers from schools with the intention of diverting funds to support a proposed Black Student Achievement Plan is misguided and dangerous, a National Police Association spokesperson says. "If I had a child in those schools, I would be very concerned," retired Sgt. Betsy Brantner Smith, a 29-year-police veteran, told Newsmax on Thursday.   "It doesnt really accomplish anything. Its almost illogical." The school board voted Tuesday to approve the plan, which includes reducing the police footprint in schools to 211 officers and diverts a total of $36.5 million to go toward a Black Student Achievement Plan to help minority students through increased counseling, curriculum updates, teacher development, and other programs promoting inclusion. "Student safety is everyones responsibility and starts with creating a school environment that is centered in students social-emotional wellbeing," Board President...
    In a move aimed at improving campus climate, the Los Angeles Unified Board of Education voted Tuesday, Feb. 16, to keep officers out of secondary school campuses, ban them from using pepper spray on students and to eliminate 133 positions, including 70 sworn officer positions, from the district’s school police department. And by stripping $25 million from the Los Angeles School Police Department — or about a third of its budget — board members voted to redirect those dollars toward a $36.5 million Black Student Achievement Plan, which they also approved Tuesday. The plan will focus on providing resources to 53 schools with high concentrations of Black students and low academic performance. Schools will be able to use their funds to hire “school climate coaches,” members of the community whose presence on campus will replace those of school police. Their jobs will include de-escalating tense situations, promoting student engagement and...
    In a move aimed at improving campus climate, the Los Angeles Unified Board of Education voted Tuesday, Feb. 16, to keep officers out of secondary school campuses, ban them from using pepper spray on students and to eliminate 133 positions, including 70 sworn officer positions, from the district’s school police department. And by stripping $25 million from the Los Angeles School Police Department — or about a third of its budget — board members voted to redirect those dollars toward a $36.5 million Black Student Achievement Plan, which they also approved Tuesday. The plan will focus on providing resources to 53 schools with high concentrations of Black students and low academic performance. Schools will be able to use their funds to hire “school climate coaches,” members of the community whose presence on campus will replace those of school police. Their jobs will include de-escalating tense situations, promoting student engagement and...
    The Los Angeles County Unified School District on Tuesday announced it would be removing dozens of officers from their posts, slashing funding for law enforcement at educational institutions, and reinvesting the savings into a multimillion-dollar plan for black students. Adoption of the Black Student Achievement plan, which costs $36.5 million, will result in 133 officers leaving their duties and a $25 million reduction in police funding for school resource law enforcement. The proposal seeks to "provide supplemental services and [support] to 53 schools that have high numbers of Black students" that are struggling in "Math and English Language Arts proficiency rates," have "higher than average referral and suspension rates," and "higher than average chronic absenteeism." The decision to slash officers leaves 211 policemen throughout the entire school district, Police Chief Leslie Ramirez said at a meeting Monday. Los Angeles County is home to roughly 10 million people, equating to...
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The board overseeing the Los Angeles Unified School District has cut $25 million from the budget for school police and will use the money to help fund an achievement plan for Black students. The plan approved by the school board Tuesday will cut 70 sworn officers, 62 non-sworn officers and one support staff position from the Los Angeles School Police Department, leaving the force with 211 officers, the Los Angeles Times reported. The newspaper said the board’s decision came after a yearlong push by activist students and community members that was intensified by national protests over racial injustice and police brutality last summer following George Floyd’s death under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer. The overhaul also bans the use of pepper spray on students in the nation’s second-largest school district. “Investments and behaviors must be different if we want outcomes to be different,” board...
    The Los Angeles Unified School District on Tuesday approved a plan to slash $25 million from its policing budget and cut 133 officers from schools with the intention of diverting funds to support a proposed Black Student Achievement Plan.  LA COUNTY TO LET ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS REOPEN WITH WAIVER OR SAFETY PLAN, OFFICIALS SAY A total of $36.5 million – which includes the money diverted from the funding of school policing coupled with an additional $11.5 million from next school year’s general fund budget – will be invested in initiatives to work toward racial equity and hire "climate coaches" and other counselors to support de-escalation tactics in conflicts, among other things.  Meanwhile, the plan reduced the police footprint in schools to 211 officers, Police Chief Leslie Ramirez said at the school board meeting on Monday.  The move comes after months of debate and pushes by a coalition of student advocacy groups – including Black Lives Matter, Students Deserve and the...
    The Los Angeles Unified School District’s Board of Education on Tuesday approved plans to cut 133 police officers, ban the use of pepper spray on students, and divert $25 million to go toward a Black Student Achievement Plan to help minority students through increased counseling, curriculum updates, teacher development, and other programs promoting inclusion, reports the Los Angeles Times. The plan will cut 70 sworn officers, 62 non-sworn officers, and one support staff position from the Los Angeles School Police Department, the nation’s second-largest public school system, leaving the force with just 211 officers. “Investments and behaviors must be different if we want outcomes to be different,” board member Mónica García said in a statement. “Black students, parents, teachers and allies have demanded that we interrupt the school to prison pipeline.” The diverted $25 million and other money from the 2021-22 general fund budget will create a $36.5 million fund...
    More On: schools Kamala Harris fumbles when challenged on school reopenings Biden talks full school reopening by end of first 100 days, summer school option Fauci: Schools shouldn’t wait for all teachers to be vaccinated to reopen Republicans hammer Biden on lack of clear push for school reopening The Los Angeles public school district has voted to ax 133 members of its police force — and replace them with school “climate coaches” to help black students. The district’s board voted Tuesday night to cut the Los Angeles School Police budget by $25 million, losing 70 sworn officers, 62 non-sworn officers and one member of support staff, the force said. The money will help create a $36.5 million new Black Student Achievement Plan, with most of it used to hire “climate coaches” at secondary schools, the Los Angeles Times said. The coaches “will provide students with an advocate on campus...
    The Los Angeles Unified School District will cut one third of its police positions and will replace them with “climate coaches” after months of calls from activists to defund the police program, numerous sources reported. The second-largest public school in the country approved a plan Tuesday to cut 133 police positions and divert $25 million to programs supporting students of color. Several school districts across the country responded to the death of George Floyd in May by rethinking school safety and the role of police on campuses, The New York Times reported, including the Oakland Unified School District located north of Los Angeles. LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 23: Black Lives Matter-Los Angeles supporters protest outside the Unified School District headquarters calling on the board of education to defund school police on June 23, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images) The officers will be replaced with...
    California’s largest school district in Los Angeles approved plans on Tuesday to cut 133 police officer jobs and ban the use of pepper spray on students.  The Los Angeles Unified School District’s board announced its decision to reduce its police force by one-third and institute the pepper spray ban in a move to make students of color more comfortable at school, according to The New York Times.  The district also declared it would divert $25 million to go toward a Black Student Achievement plan to help minority students through increased counseling, teacher development, curriculum updates and other programs promoting inclusion. Board member Jackie Goldberg said students and community organizers were involved with the plan’s development. “Needed services and supports are made possible by trimming the school police budget,” she said. “I have heard the concerns of Black students who have felt targeted by school police. I believe there are creative ways...
    The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Board of Education approved a plan Tuesday to cut one-third of the Los Angeles School Police Department (LASPD) force and use the funds to help improve black student achievement. The cuts came last year after activists protested to “abolish” or “defund” the school police department, which protects students from crime — particularly in predominantly black and Latino areas of the city, where there is more gang activity. As Breitbart News reported last year: Los Angeles School Police Chief Todd Chamberlain resigned Wednesday after the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) voted the night before to cut his department’s budget by $25 million, or 35% of the total. The budget cuts came as a direct result of pressure by Black Lives Matter activists to “abolish the police” or at least “defund the police.” … Chamberlain warned that the proposed cuts would mean officers would not be...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education Tuesday voted to cut 133 positions from the L.A. School Police Department, ban the use of pepper spray on students and divert $25 million in funding cut from the department to better support Black students. During the virtual meeting, the board heard from both supporters and opponents of the move. RELATED: Ferrer Says LA County Could Begin Vaccinating Teachers In Coming Weeks “We demand that the school board invest in Black futures and the way to start that is to defund LASPD in full,” one attendee said. “My question to you is, who’s going to take up the role of school safety if you eliminate all of the security guards, your police force, that is there to protect the students,” another attendee said. Ultimately, the school board voted to cut 70 sworn officers, 62 non-sworn officers and...
    In a major overhaul of the Los Angeles School Police Department, the Board of Education on Tuesday approved a plan that cuts a third of its officers, bans the use of pepper spray on students and diverts funds from the department to improve the education of Black students. The decision comes after a yearlong campaign by students activists and community members to reimagine the school police force, which they maintain disproportionately targets Black and Latino children. Their drive and recent calls to completely defund the school Police Department intensified following the police killing of George Floyd, which forced both cities and school districts across the country to consider how police use of force has disproportionately hurt Black Americans. “We would not be at this point, though it is delayed admittedly, without the community’s leadership,” said board President Kelly Gonez. “I’m glad that the plan’s development also provided an opportunity for...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education Tuesday was deciding what cutting the Los Angeles School Police Department’s budget by 35% would mean — almost eight months after the board approved the cut. During the virtual meeting, the board heard from both supporters and opponents of the move. RELATED: Lets Commit To Getting To The Finish Line: Health Officials In LA County Optimistic, Reminding Locals To Keep Taking COVID-19 Precautions “We demand that the school board invest in Black futures and the way to start that is to defund LASPD in full,” one attendee said. “My question to you is, who’s going to take up the role of school safety if you eliminate all of the security guards, your police force, that is there to protect the students,” another attendee said. The school board will be voting on whether to ban the use of pepper...
    During a special meeting on Tuesday, the Los Angeles Unified School District's Board of Education will consider an amendment to the 2020-2021 budget that would reduce 133 positions from the LAUSD Police Department, including 70 sworn officers. The officers at secondary schools would be replaced with a new "climate coach" role, in addition to psychiatric social workers, counselors and restorative justice advisors.  "We can’t ignore the legitimate concerns and criticisms that students and other members in the school community have about all forms of law enforcement," Superintendent Austin Beutner said Monday during his weekly message to the community. "No person should feel the presence of a safety officer on a campus as an indictment of them or their character." LA COUNTY TO LET ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS REOPEN WITH WAIVER OR SAFETY PLAN, OFFICIAL SAYS According to the school district's proposal, climate coaches will assist site administrators and staff by "supporting a safe and positive school culture and...
    Riot police face down protesters in the wake of Alexei Nav alny’s arrest – TASS Students at a Siberian high school were encouraged by visiting riot police to role-play as officers facing an attack from protesters. In a video released by a TV station in the town of Nizhnevartovsk, pupils bombard ‘riot officers’ hiding behind a shield wall with balls in the local school gym. Midway through some of the students pretending to be police break away and grab some of the protesters, picking them up off their feet. The video, which swiftly went viral, comes as Russia has been gripped by nationwide protests over the imprisonment of Alexei Navalny, the chief critic of president Vladimir Putin. Local authorities promised an investigation. In a statement on Wednesday, the town’s police department said that the video was taken during a lesson that visiting officers held at the school to “commemorate...
    Update on defunding. The Star Tribune’s Liv Navratil reports: “Minneapolis will hire dozens more police officers after City Council on Friday agreed to release $6.4 million to bring on additional recruits. The unanimous vote came eight days after Minneapolis police requested the funding, saying they were down 200 police officers from recent years. The additional funding comes at a time when some City Council members and activist groups are pushing to replace the Police Department in the wake of George Floyd’s death.” Disgusting. AP’s Colleen Long reports: “Federal authorities are investigating a massive counterfeit N95 mask operation in which fake 3M masks were sold in at least five states to hospitals, medical facilities and government agencies. The foreign-made knockoffs are becoming increasingly difficult to spot and could put health care workers at grave risk for the coronavirus.” Hop to it. KSTP’s Tommy Wiita reports: “On Thursday, Rep. Jim Nash, R-Waconia, announced a...
    DENVER (CBS4) – The Denver Police Department is giving a big shout out to 17-year-old Reilly. She’s a high school student who made a class project of collecting feminine hygiene products to distribute to women experiencing homelessness. (credit: Denver Police) She posted about her project on Nextdoor where it caught the attention of District 4 Community Resource Officer J. Anderson. Anderson wanted to know if there was anything he could do to help getting the kits distributed. RELATED: Elijah McClain Photo Scandal: Aurora Civil Service Commission Upholds Firings Of Aurora Police Officers Reilly accepted his offer and worked to get enough supplies to create 100 kits. Anderson got in touch with DPD’s Homeless Outreach Team to schedule a day for Reilly to distribute her kits. RELATED: Comedy Fort Opening In Old Town Fort Collins On Friday (credit: Denver Police) That all leads to February 2. Officers from District 4 and...
    More than two dozen people spoke both for and against a bill that would remove police officers from Montgomery County, Maryland, public schools. A virtual public hearing was held Thursday night in front of the Montgomery County Council. The bill would stop the police department from deploying officers to schools. There are currently 23 assigned to various schools across the county. “We know that making our schools safer does not begin in handcuffs,” said Matt Post, a Sherwood High School graduate and former board of education member. Many students and parents in support of the move are calling for mental health and social workers instead. One of bill’s sponsors, Council member Will Jawando, said that over the last four years, 50% of students arrested in local schools were Black, even though Black students represent under 20% of the student population. Former Montgomery County schools graduate and current parent Stephanie Johnson...
    This content was republished with permission from WTOP’s news partners at Maryland Matters. Sign up for Maryland Matters’ free email subscription today. When a child is arrested by a police officer stationed in a Baltimore City public school, they are handcuffed, placed in cages, photographed and fingerprinted — even kids as young as seven-years-old, according to Jenny Egan, a Baltimore City juvenile public defender. “It is a terrifying and dehumanizing experience that sends a message to our children. This is who you are to us; this is what we think you deserve: cuffs and cages,” Egan said at a news conference Tuesday. “We have to think about the impact that has on a child who is trying to become the person they will be.” She was speaking in support of a legislative package introduced by Dels. Jheanelle K. Wilkins (D-Montgomery) and Gabriel Acevero (D-Montgomery) seeking to restructure disciplinary measures in public schools...
    NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Police Officer Justin Delacruz has developed his own program that is being picked up by schools across North Texas. The program helps break down barriers between students and how they view the police. “It really hit me whenever we started going to schools and children would start doing that‚ ‘hey officer please don’t hurt me’,” Officer Delacruz said. “I knew there had to be something that we could do.” Officer Justin Delacruz (CBS 11) He said, in 2018, an idea came to him in a dream. “I call it an epiphany from God‚” he said. An alter ego he calls, Officer Maxwell. Officer Maxwell, played by Officer Justin Delacruz. (CBS 11) “My whole dream and goal of this being something that brought police officers closer to children and families‚” he said. With a broad smile and outgoing personality, Officer Maxwell is an unintimidating figure who tries...
    BOYLE HEIGHTS (KABC) -- Resurrection Catholic School in Boyle Heights is highlighting Catholic school week with a special celebration: students dressed up as their favorite essential worker."I'm dressed up as a doctor and my mom is a doctor," said Alexa. "I like doctors and I like to help people."It's also the first day back at school for several students since the start of the pandemic. Teachers say it's a great way to welcome students back and appreciate the sacrifices of so many others."It makes me feel good. It's really fun to see and that they look up to people in their community," said third-grade teacher Daniel Garcia.The school's principal, Catalina Saenz, wants students to learn about the importance of hard work for your community."We're just super happy to be celebrating our essential workers," said Saenz."We are a community. We consider ourselves to be learners and disciples of our faith and...
    BOYLE HEIGHTS (KABC) -- Resurrection Catholic School in Boyle Heights is highlighting Catholic School week with a special celebration: students dressed up as their favorite essential worker!"I'm dressed up as a doctor and my mom is a doctor," said Alexa. "I like doctors and I like to help people."It's also the first day back at school since the start of the pandemic for several students. Teachers say it's a great way to welcome students back and appreciate the sacrifices of so many others."It makes me feel good. It's really fun to see and that they look up to people in their community," said 3rd grade teacher Daniel Garcia.The school's principal Catalina Saenz wants students to learn about the importance of hard work for your community."We're just super happy to be celebrating our essential workers," said Saenz. "We are a community. We consider ourselves to be learners and disciples of our...
    ARMED cops swooped on a man who was carrying a loaded gun on the road where 'Benefits Street' was filmed. James Turner Street, in Birmingham, was sealed off by officers following reports a firearm had been spotted on the residential road this afternoon. 5Armed police swooped onto the Birmingham road made famous by the Channel 4 documentary 'Benefits Street'Credit: SnapperSK 5One man was handcuffed and led to a police car this afternoonCredit: SnapperSK 5Police closed off nearby roads to the public while forensic officers were looking over the sceneCredit: SnapperSK Nearby Foundry Road and Lodge Road were also closed off to the public while forensic officers could be seen recovering a handgun from the scene. The street was made famous in 2014 after it appeared in the controversial Channel 4 programme starring the likes of White Dee, Black Dee and the late Fungi. The deprived area has since become a...
    HAYWARD (CBS SF) – Police will no longer walk the halls of Hayward schools following a unanimous decision Wednesday by the school board, a school district spokeswoman said Thursday. Oakland has also recently ended its partnership with Oakland police. The Hayward Unified School District school board will have more discussions with the community on how to ensure the safety of students and staff on school campuses, but otherwise the district did not say what will be put in place of police. “After a national reckoning on issues of racial injustice and policing practices, we owed it to our community to pause and have in-depth conversations about the impact of police officers on our campuses,” Superintendent Matt Wayne said. “We look forward to working collaboratively with our community to reimagine school safety and create a safe and supportive learning environment for all students and staff members,” he said. School district spokeswoman...
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — School resource officers in Maryland may soon only enter schools mainly during an emergency — a plan the bill sponsor said will help minority students feel more comfortable, but police said it presents safety concerns. SB0245, sponsored by Sen. Arthur Ellis, D-Charles, establishes numerous restrictions on school resource officers in what he told Capital News Service is a plan to ensure students, especially those of color, feel more comfortable at school. Clyde Boatwright, president of the Maryland State Lodge Fraternal Order of Police, told CNS his organization plans to testify against the bill due to concerns over school safety. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    HAYWARD — Police officers will no longer be assigned to school campuses, Hayward Unified trustees have decided, saying their presence can intimidate students. Trustees voted unanimously Wednesday to eliminate the school resource officer program, which had been in limbo since August last year amid the ongoing national conversation about how law enforcement interacts with the public, especially people of color. The district’s contract with Hayward police was set to be renewed last July 1. But district officials decided to hold off so they could get feedback from residents. On Wednesday, trustees decided to “develop new protocols, provide additional training to staff, and forge new community partnerships to meet the safety needs of our school communities.” Superintendent Matt Wayne said the aim is to create “more the kind of community and country we want for our students.” Hayward’s school resource officer program costs $1.794 million annually. The money pays for six...
    (CNN)Two Maryland police officers have been accused of screaming at, grabbing and threatening a 5-year-old elementary school student.The boy's mother, Shanta Grant, filed a lawsuit this month against Montgomery County Police Officers Dionne Holliday and Kevin Christmon -- as well as Montgomery County and the Montgomery County Board of Education. The Montgomery County Department of Police told CNN it does not comment on ongoing or pending litigation. CNN was not able to reach Officer Holliday. Officer Christmon declined to comment to CNN. The case comes amid public pressure for widespread change in policing policy following high-profile police encounters -- some involving the treatment of children by law enforcement. The broader outcry has included calls to defund or abolish police departments. The Maryland complaint alleges that in January 2020 the kindergartener walked off the East Silver Spring Elementary School premises when he "was not being properly supervised." Read MoreState attorney general...
    OAKLAND (CBS SF) – A man from outside of Oakland was shot and killed Monday night in the city’s western neighborhoods, police said Tuesday. Officers were sent at 7:59 p.m. to the 1000 block of 30th Street to follow up on a report of a shooting. Officers went there and located the victim about three blocks away in the 2800 block of Chestnut Street near McClymonds High School. Paramedics also responded and had to pronounce the man dead, according to police. The victim’s name is being withheld until his family is notified. Anyone with information about the death is asked to call the Police Department’s Homicide Section at (510) 238-3821. © Copyright 2021 CBS Broadcasting Inc. and Bay City News Service. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
    The parent of a Montgomery County Public Schools student is suing both the school system and the county police department following an incident in 2020 involving her Maryland child. Parent Shanta Grant, who filed the lawsuit, said her son was able to walk away from East Silver Spring Elementary last year without being noticed. She said once police found the boy, about two-tenths of a mile away, officers were verbally abusive, threatening, and even put a handcuff on the child once he was taken back to the school. In all, the situation lasted 50 minutes. When the incident happened in January of 2020, the boy was five-years-old. “If the allegations are true, this is reprehensible behavior,” said Montgomery County Council member Will Jawando in an interview with WTOP. Jawondo is an outspoken proponent of police reform who has called for police to be removed from inside schools. “It’s a failure of...
    A BOY has died after being ambushed by a gun and knife gang near a school in broad daylight. Gunshots were fired when the teenager was set upon by a mob in Birmingham, West Midlands, this afternoon. 2A boy has died after being shot in Birmingham tonightCredit: SWNS:South West News Service 2The boy was attacked by a gangCredit: SWNS:South West News Service Police said the youngster was taken to hospital with “life-threatening” injuries. He later died. The suspects fled on foot after crashing a car into a house on a nearby road.Officers raced to Linwood Road in the Handsworth area of the city shortly after 3.30pm. Detective Chief Inspector Alastair Orencas, from West Midlands Police, said: “This level of violence in broad daylight on a residential street is inconceivable, let alone the fact that the target was a 15-year-old boy. “We are leaving no stone unturned in our search for those...
    Three immigrants and several former scholastic athletes are among 10 men who officially became Paramus police officers this week. Here’s a little bit about them: Born in New York City, Jamie Takahashi is a longtime borough resident who was graduated from Paramus High School and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in economics from Syracuse University. Takahashi, who speaks both Korean and Japanese,  was then was commissioned into the New York Army National Guard as a transportation officer and is a first lieutenant and executive officer with the 719th Composite Truck Company in Manhattan. Takahashi joined the Paramus Volunteer Fire Department and became a Special 1 police officer in 2017 before being graduated from the Morris County Police Academy. Raised in Jersey City, Keith Sampson was graduated from Liberty High School and New Jersey City University and is currently continuing his studies at Thomas Edison State University in Trenton....
    Antioch City Council on Tuesday opted not to accept a federal grant that would have partially paid for school resource officers. The 3-2 decision, which came after hours of discussion and public comments, reverses a July 28 vote in which the city accepted a grant of $750,000 from the U.S. Department of Justice COPS Hiring Program to partially pay for six school resource officers, splitting the costs not covered with the Antioch Unified School District. Council members Mike Barbanica and Lori Ogorchock cast the dissenting votes. Antioch police had planned to re-assign senior officers to the two high schools and four middle schools and replace them using the grant monies, but because of the coronavirus pandemic and closed schools, the grant was put on hold. The school district has not had school resource officers for more than a decade, but Chief Tammany Brooks vowed to bring them back as...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- The city of Chicago will pay a $300,000 settlement to a student who was dragged down a flight of stairs by police at Marshall High School last year.Dnigma Howard was also punched and hit with a stun gun. It all started with a confrontation over a cell phone.Howard's lawyer says the settlement will help the teen move forward with her life.Former student dragged by school officer urges CPS to cut ties with CPDEMBED More News Videos Howard said she is still suffering after she was beaten and dragged by police in her high school in 2019. In a statement, attorney andrew Stroth said, "Without cause or justification, Dnigma Howard was thrown down the stairs at Marshall High School and beaten by two Chicago police officers. While this settlement will help Dnigma move forward with her education and life, this case highlights why police officers should not be...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago taxpayers will soon be on the hook for more than $750,000 to settle three more lawsuits accusing Chicago police officers of misconduct, including a case in which a Cook County judge ruled police fabricated testimony against a man accused of throwing away a gun when officers tried to question him in 2018. Among three proposed settlements approved by the City Council Finance Committee on Monday was a $162,500 payout to Patrick Bowden, who spent six months in jail and another year on electronic monitoring after his arrest on gun charges in February 2018. Bowden’s lawsuit accuses the officers of arresting him without any probable cause or reasonable suspicion, falsely claiming he was concealing something in his waistband, planting a gun, and falsifying police reports to justify their actions. The lawsuit states Bowden was charged with seven felonies, but a judge quashed his arrest after determining his...
    The San Jose Unified School District announced this week that it has reaffirmed its relationship with local police despite mounting pressure from locals to cut ties. A group of activists urged the school district to remove police officers from the schools, with one school board official saying that protesters rallied outside of her home prior to the board’s decision. According to a local news report, the San Joe Unified School District has ignored the calls of anti-police activists and reaffirmed its commitment to working with local police officers. As a result of the board’s decision, local police officers will continue to monitor school buildings to protect students and staff. School Board President Teresa Castellanos said that protesters rallied outside of her home. She referred to the protests as a form of “bullying.” “I am here at the school district and I do not appreciate what is taking place at my...
    SAN JOSE — Teachers, students and police-reform activists staged a car caravan and circled the San Jose Unified School District offices Thursday afternoon to re-energize their efforts to get district leaders to move toward removing the contracted presence of police officers on district campuses. Some of San Jose Unified’s peer districts in the city, including the Alum Rock Union and East Side Union High school districts, have moved not to renew contracts with police. The action Thursday was timed to a board of trustees meeting and continued a campaign launched in the summer following national and local protests of George Floyd’s killing by Minneapolis police. Ultimately, the board of trustees approved renewing a school-police cooperation agreement but put off further discussions about keeping on-campus police officers. SAN JOSE, CA - DECEMBER 10: A caravan of demonstrators drives past the San Jose Unified School District office on Thursday,...
    OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) -- On Wednesday night, the Oakland Unified School District school board will vote to adopt Phase 1 of the George Floyd Safety Plan which outlines campus safety as the district dismantles the Oakland School Police Department and removes officers from schools.The resolution was unanimously approved by the OUSD board June 24 following nationwide protests in response to the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police.The safety plan states the more than 60 person Oakland Schools Police Department would be eliminated prior to Jan. 1, 2021 or "as soon thereafter as legally permissible."WATCH: Oakland educators, parents explain why they want district police department eliminatedEMBED More News Videos Wednesday the Oakland Unified School Board will vote on a measure that would eliminate the school's police department. Community organizers tell ABC7 News they have been notified there is a chance officers may stay on force through the new year."We fought...
    Kevin Bene/TheatreWorks Silicon vALLEY SoundThe gallery will resume inseconds Show Caption of Expand Marin activists held a community rally to urge the Novato Unified School District to follow San Rafael’s lead and cut ties with school resource officers. The event organized by Police-Free Schools Marin attracted a few dozen people to Novato High School on Saturday. At about noon, attendees listened to students and alumni of color share their stories about negative experiences with student resource officers. Police-Free Schools Marin co-founder Emma Newman said the event provided an outlet for students of color who are being disproportionately targeted by officers on school campuses, adding the district and Novato Police department decline to disclose SRO policing data. “We are hoping to capture the attention of the Novato School Board who has so far declined to add an item about student resource officers...
    FREMONT (KPIX) — The Fremont Unified School District is looking to eliminate officers on school campuses in the city. Ninety-nine people spoke on this agenda item Thursday night. Reaction was split but, according to the task force formed to look into this, school resource officers disproportionately have a negative impact on Black, Latinx and disabled students. “I was essentially harassed by a SRO for sending a death threat letter which I had nothing to do with,” Abena Oni, a former student said. Oni is now sharing her experience as a member of the task force looking into eliminating school resource officers or SROs. “A lot of students who kind of look like me have incidents with SROs that where they are targeted, accused of doing something and the SRO didn’t have to pay a price for that,” Oni said. The task force was created after neighboring cities eliminated their SRO...
    Police officers move past Louisville City Hall in Kentucky on September 23, 2020. Carlos Barria/REUTERS Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rodney Brewer announced Monday his resignation effective Wednesday. The reason for his resignation has not been made clear, but it came days after high school journalists in Louisville reported the police force had once used quotes from Hilter in material to train officers. A spokesperson for the Kentucky Justice & Public Safety Cabinet confirmed Brewer's resignation Tuesday and said "the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet continues to work diligently to swiftly and thoroughly conduct an internal review of all training materials." Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rodney Brewer on Monday announced his resignation from the state agency, Insider confirmed. His resignation, effective Wednesday, comes just days after high school journalists in Louisville reported that the KSP as recently as 2013 used quotes from...
    The shadow of a Louisville Police officers arresting a demonstrator is seen on a wall on September 23, 2020 in Louisville, Kentucky. Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images A high school newspaper in Kentucky, The Manual RedEye, exclusively obtained information exposing that Kentucky State Police quoted Adolf Hitler in training slideshows  According to the RedEye, the slides urge recruits to "meet violence with greater violence" and quote Hitler three times.  State governor Andy Beshear described the training slides as "unacceptable."  Across the US, police forces have faced accusations of systemic racism, following a series of killings of Black men by white police officers.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. In Kentucky, a high school newspaper obtained slides exposing how the state police force used Adolf Hitler quotes in their training sessions for recruits.  Students working on the Manual RedEye, the newspaper for Louisville's duPont Manual High School, published exclusive slides...
    WILMINGTON (CBS) — Wilmington High School went back to remote learning on Monday. The school superintendent ordered the change after police were called to a Friday night party attended by about 30 students. Many students scattered when officers arrived, so health officials were unable to do any contact tracing. “Officers were not able to identify those who left the party, but the ones who remained stated that there had been approximately 25 to 30 juveniles at the residence in the enclosed basement prior to their arrival,” police said in a statement. “Inside the basement the officers observed obvious signs of an underage drinking party.” A 47-year-old man and 45-year-old woman, both Wilmington residents, have been charged with providing alcohol to minors. Remote learning at Wilmington High will be in effect for at least two weeks. MORE FROM CBS BOSTON: • America Can Probably Now Understand Why Tom Brady Left Patriots • 13...
    Two Montgomery County, Maryland, Council members are set to introduce a bill to remove school resource officers, Fox 5 reported. Council members Will Jawando and Hans Riemer seeks to transfer funds for the Montgomery County School Resource Officers program funds to other areas, such as adding school nurses and mental health professionals, Fox 5 reported. The pair announced the bill during a Defund the Police demonstration Saturday. Jawando said schools would have more trained security guards and that police will continue responding if the situations are serious, according to Fox 5. “I think we need to move this before kids get back to school and so the legislative process takes some time and I think that’s why we need to introduce the bill now,” Jawando told FOX 5 on Sunday. (RELATED: ‘Not Just Any Officer Can Do This’: Cities Rethink Presence Of Police Officers In Schools) Jawando said he plans...
    A prominent activist attorney appeared to make threats against Kansas City police officers during a megaphone tirade outside police headquarters Friday — a portion of which was shared on social media. What are the details?"We are seeking to revoke the peace officers' licenses," Stacy Shaw hollered while standing with a crowd of supporters. "We are going to start sharing things with your children's teachers." She added, "You don't think we don't know where your children go to school? Who the f*** do you think we are?" Shaw is leading a movement to get Kansas City Police Chief Rick Smith fired, among other demands, KCTV-TV reported. In her rant, she accused police of "terrorizing" citizens. "We are tired, and I don't make threats," she added in her megaphone rant. "I don't make threats, but we're going to start sharing this information so your children can see it." In the end, she...
    An 11-year-old boy in Louisiana was taken into custody by police after he reportedly stole a school bus then led police on a high speed chase through the town. The unidentified boy in Baton Rouge reportedly got into the bus and was able to take off on his wild ride because the vehicle had a push-to-start ignition button, according to a report by Fox News in a piece published Monday. (RELATED: Orlando Police Officer Pulls Over Daughter For Speeding And It’s Definitely A Can’t-Miss) WATCH: A “Good Morning America” piece, posted on YouTube, showed parts of the chase that lasted more than a half an hour and spanned over a 13 mile area involving a handful of police cars. (RELATED: Wild Video Shows Record-Setting 18-Foot, 9-Inch Python Caught In Florida) Police said the boy was too small to reach the pedals so was standing to drive before he crashed the...
    Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr attempted to debunk the notion that he supports the idea of defunding the police in a podcast interview Monday. Kerr explained in an interview with Spotify’s “Jemele Hill Is Unbothered” that he was lumped into the “defund the police” crowd because he supported a measure in Oakland, Calif., that removed police officers from school campuses. As the measured passed, Kerr took exception with how he was being labeled. LAKERS' J.R. SMITH ON LACK OF COVID TESTING FOR GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS “It was a hugely controversial issue. And now I am known as someone who believes in defunding the police,” Kerr told Hill. “I've never made a comment about defunding the police. And in fact, I think it's a terribly misleading phrase to say defund the police. I was referring to schools, right, and the Oakland city school in particular, after listening to parents and teachers."...
    Dozens of demonstrators marched in Novato on Saturday to call for school resource officer programs to be disbanded in Marin County. School resource officers, commonly referred to as SROs, are police officers or deputy sheriffs who receive special training to forge relationships with students. An SRO’s duties include law enforcement, mentoring, counseling and education. Critics of SRO programs say they foster a school-to-prison pipeline that disproportionately penalizes non-White students. The West Marin Activism Hub and Police-Free Schools Marin organized the march, which went to the Novato Unified School District headquarters.
    CERES (CBS13) — Three men were arrested Thursday after a shooting on school grounds in Ceres left bullet holes in a classroom. In a press release, the Ceres Police Department said officers were sent to Hanline Elementary School Thursday afternoon around 4:30 p.m. after an employee reported a bullet had been shot into her classroom. Police say some students were on campus practicing sports near where the bullet cores were located. Responding officers located three men in a field on the west side of the school grounds, which shares a campus with Central Valley High School. The three men, later identified as 25-year-old Juan Garibay-Acevedo of Escalon, 27-year-old Max Perez-Mendez of Ceres and 29-year-old Samuel Perez-Mendez of Ceres, were detained and officers located three firearms, shell casing, bullet jackets and live ammo nearby. READ: Police Investigating Hate Crime, Suspicious Fires In Turlock Officers believe the men were shooting toward the schools...
    A Seattle-area school reportedly encouraged young children to complete a school assignment about a police officer shooting a black male that had what many called an anti-police bent. When reached for comment, a school official told KTTH-FM's Jason Rantz that the assignment was a "non-story." What are the details? According to Rantz, some Seattle-area elementary school students received a head-scratching homework assignment sharing a decidedly anti-police sentiment. Students at Grove Elementary were reportedly asked to watch a video that was said to teach kids "that racist police routinely target innocent black Americans." Rantz writes, "Among the lessons being promoted, either in the virtual classroom or via third-party resources to parents, students as young as 7-years-old are taught that racist police routinely target innocent Black Americans but don't suffer consequences because police cover for each other." The schools pushed a video titled, "Animation Series: Something Happened...
    Two months after a divided Los Angeles Unified school board slashed funding for its police department by more than a third, the contours of a dramatically diminished force emerged this week. Under a plan presented to the board on Tuesday, police officers would be removed from school campuses and weekend patrols meant to protect schools from vandalism would be eliminated, among other cuts. The debate over the proposed cuts, set for later this month, marks a wide split on the board over the role that armed, uniformed officers should play in providing security to hundreds of thousands of students enrolled at more than 900 campuses. With some on the seven-member board calling for the complete elimination of the police department and others opposed to cuts, the sharply opposing views played out in the streets outside the district’s downtown headquarters this week, where protesters in favor of police reforms sparred...
    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah man armed with a bow and arrow, rifle and knife was killed during a shootout with police officers near a suburban high school, authorities said. Utah officers said they shot and killed a 27-year old man who asked police to shoot him near Viewmont High School in Bountiful, a suburb of Salt Lake City. Davis School District officials said the high school started school two hours later on Wednesday because of the fatal police shooting. The district said no faculty, staff or students were involved. The man was killed in an ensuing fight with police, Lt. Dave Edwards of the Bountiful Police Department said. It is currently unknown who fired first. Three officers from the department are on administrative leave and the Davis County protocol team is currently investigating the fatal shooting. Police say their body cameras were on at the time of...
    Police had to physically remove a South Dakota man from a school board meeting Monday night because he refused to wear a mask. One of the primary topics of the meeting was public opposition to the district's mask mandate, according to the Mitchell Republic. The man who refused to wear a mask was Reed Bender, who had reportedly attended meetings in the past and spoken against mask mandates. Bender would not put on a mask even though the district offered to provide him one. When Bender wouldn't comply, Superintendent Joe Graves called the police. The Republic reported that Mitchell police officers arrived about 20 minutes later and attempted to speak with Bender to get him to wear a mask. Bender still refused, so the officers tried to physically remove him from the library where the meeting was being held. Bender still wasn't ready to go without a fight...
    A teacher in Thornwood, New York, is facing backlash after distributing a political cartoon to 11th-grade students. The cartoon compared police officers to members of the KKK. The cartoon was part of a Black Lives Matter-themed assignment. What are the details? According to the New York Post, Westlake High School teacher Christopher Moreno shared the cartoon with students during his U.S. History and Government class on Sept. 8. The cartoon, an attachment to a larger assignment promoting the Black Lives Matter movement, disturbed student Nicole Paternostro, who told the outlet that the cartoon was "disgusting." "It compared the police with all the terrible people in history," she said. "It was not fair. It wasn't right." According to the Post, "The first three frames [of the cartoon] show slave owners and a member of the KKK with their knees on...
    SOUTHLAKE (CBSDFW.COM) – Police officers chased down and arrested a 17-year-old who they said vandalized Carroll High School with spray paint. The criminal mischief call came in at 3:30 a.m. Monday, after NETCOM dispatch received an alert for motion detection at the front door of the school. Arriving officers spotted the teen, and a short foot pursuit ensued. CISD officials are currently working with police to determine the estimated damage to the property. Officers said they think the suspect may be responsible for other graffiti offenses of school property over the summer.
    COLORADO SPRINGS -- Authorities are defending their decision to send two school resource officers to a Colorado home where a 12-year-old Black boy pointed a gun that turned out to be a toy at a friend during an online class they were taking together.Following criticism from the boy's mother about how the school and El Paso County Sheriff's Office handled the Aug. 27 situation, the sheriff's office on Thursday released body camera video of the officers' visit as well as a quick clip showing the boy briefly aiming the gun at the other as they appear to be horsing around.In a statement, the sheriff's office said the school contacted them out of concern for the welfare of the students and said the teacher did not know if the gun was real or not.The body camera footage shows officers talking to the father of one of the boys, and then speaking...
    DENVER (CBS4) — A man has died after being shot by Denver police officers near West High School. The man was shot on Tuesday afternoon at West 10th Avenue and Inca Street. (credit: CBS) Officers say the man had a handgun and was trying to steal a vehicle. They say he did not follow commands to drop the gun. The man has not been identified. Police have not said how many shots the officers fired.
    DISTURBING footage has captured the moment a 12-year-old girl was tackled to the ground by cops in Hong Kong. The youngster was chased by riot police before she was tackled to the ground while she was out buying school supplies. Twitter/JackHHazlewood 4 The girl sprinted from the police officer who chased her with a baton Twitter/JackHHazlewood 4 She was pushed to the floor by officers After being shoved to the ground, horrified onlookers shouted in anger as she struggled on the floor as one of the police officers pinned her down. Her mum said she was just out shopping for art school supplies before she was pursued by officers. Hong Kong police confirmed the arrest, claiming officers used ‘minimum necessary force’ to detain her after she was seen running in a ‘suspicious manner’ She was arrested near a pro-democracy protest where nearly 300 people were...
    A high school assistant principal has recorded himself saying 'f*** the police' after telling cops 'what a s***y a*** job they were doing' during the Rochester protests.  Steven Lysenko, a ninth-grade teacher at Spencerport High School, posted the clip on Facebook Live amid ongoing demonstrations over the the death of black man Daniel Prude, who lost consciousness after police held a hood over his head.  Lysenko tells viewers he has been on a peaceful protest when 'our peacekeepers ended up shooting pepper spray at us for singing and chanting and telling them what a s***y a*** job they were doing'. He added: 'They can f*** right off America. F*** the police. F*** Rochester police department. Thank you.' After the footage went viral over the weekend the school district posted to Twitter Saturday to apologize and say it 'will be addressed as a confidential, personnel matter'.  Scroll down for video   Steven...
    In the midst of the national discussion about systemic racism, the Arlington County School Board will consider whether to end its practice of having police officers in schools in the Virginia county. “We have decided it is time to evaluate and examine our partnership with ACPD (Arlington County Police Department), and specifically to review our long-standing practice of school resource officers in our schools,” said Arlington County Public Schools Superintendent Francisco Duran, as he opened a video-linked discussion of Thursday’s board meeting. In a presentation, internal data from the school system shows Black and Hispanic students are disproportionately referred to law enforcement for certain offenses, compared to white students. Duran and the board pointed out discussions about equity in school safety and security started long before the death of George Floyd, a Black man, in the custody of Minneapolis police officers, in May 2020. “We are aware that while there’s...
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