A number of school districts in the United States are moving to cut contracts with local police as riots break out across the country against police brutality and as the Black Lives Matter movement pressures politicians to defund the police altogether.
Earlier this week, the Minneapolis Public School Board voted to end its contract with MPD over the death of George Floyd. “I value people and education and life,” school board chairwoman Kim Ellison said in an interview. “Now I’m convinced, based on the actions of the Minneapolis Police Department, that we don’t have the same values.”
Two members of the Denver school board are urging the district to cut contracts with DPD and are set to bring a resolution forward Monday to have officers completely removed from the schools in the district by 2021.
“Our numbers show us that black children are still three to five times more likely to refereed to law enforcement or suspension, respectively, and again some of our own practices have introduced students to a normalization an internalization of their place, which is not something we want to contribute to anymore,” Denver Board of Education Vice President Jennifer Bacon told reporters.
“School resource officers are not needed to ensure the safety of all of our kids,” board Secretary Tay Anderson said of the move.
The superintendent of Portland Public Schools, Guadalupe Guerrero, said Thursday that he’s ‘discontinuing’ school officers’ presence in the city’s schools. Some in Chicago have also petitioned their leaders to do the same.
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Driver free on bond after he admittedly killed teenager for Conservative views
41-year-old Shannon Brandt is out on bond even though he was the one who admitted to killing a teenager because of the youngster’s political affiliation. Brandt chased 18-year-old Cayler Ellingson and ran him down with his car claiming he was part of a “Republican extremist group.” Police say Brandt was drunk when he hit and killed Ellingson with his SUV.
Brandt was charged Monday with vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of a deadly accident. Later in the week, he was let out on $50,000 bond stating he is not a flight risk. “I have a job, a life and a house and things I don’t want to see go by the wayside — family that are very important to me,” Brandt told the judge.
Since his release, Brandt started removing certain content from his social media, the Post Millenial observed. “Prosecutors allege moments before he was killed, 18-year-old Cayler Ellingson called his mom to come rescue him because 41-year-old Shannon Brandt was chasing him in the city of McHenry, where the street dance had just wrapped up. By the time she could get there, her son was dead” reports National Review.
“He was the one who called 911 to report the crash,” said North Dakota Highway Patrol Capt. Bryan Niewind.
Court papers show Brandt called 911 around 2:30 a.m. Sunday and told the 911 dispatcher that he just hit Ellingson, claiming the teen was part of a Republican extremist group and was calling people to come get Brandt after a political argument.
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