Two Bills Seek to Police the School Police

Two new bills could change the role of school police officers.

Assemblywoman Shirley Weber (D-San Diego) has introduced Assembly 163, which would only allow schools to call law enforcement “when there is a real and immediate physical threat to pupils, teachers, or public safety.” Additionally, the consent of a principal and parent would be required before students are interviewed by officers.

Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer (D-Los Angeles) has introduced Assembly Bill 173, which would prohibit schools from calling police or sheriff’s departments to arrest students until all other alternatives had been exhausted.

The bills have come about as a result of an American Civil Liberties Union report issued last year that found that minority students are disproportionately affected by a police presence on campus.

Read more at The LA Times.


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