Oakland Unified Votes to Eliminate Campus Police

In a groundbreaking decision Wednesday night, the Oakland Unified school board voted to dismantle its police department. The “George Floyd Resolution” was crafted by the Black Organizing Project.

“We are overwhelmed with emotion and filled with gratitude for this historic win. We thank the Board for taking this monumental step, and the Black youth and parents, and community and administrative partners who fought with us to make this possible,” the group said in a statement.

OUSD’s police force has 10 sworn officers and 50 unarmed campus safety personnel that would be removed from campuses. Proponents say it is necessary to protect students of color. From 2015-2016 through 2019-2020, Black students accounted for 73% of the department’s arrests, while Black students make up only 26% of the district's population.

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