State Launches Task Force to Examine School Policing

As school districts weigh whether or not to disband their police departments, the state is getting ready to weigh in.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond has announced a new task force to examine school policing and its impact on students.

“We recognize this is a complicated issue,” Thurmond said. “There should never be a time when anyone is in a position to criminalize our kids.” However, “we recognize, and the research supports this, that we still have to figure out ways to address issues like police shootings, guns on campus, bomb threats on campus.”

The task force will be comprised of lawmakers, advocacy groups, researchers, and law enforcement. Together, they will review and analyze the available data.

The movement to defund or reform school police has been growing ever since the May 25 death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis officer. That incident forced a national recalibration on race, excessive force, and equity in criminal justice.

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