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Oakland Activists Want School District To Become Police Free

Mercury News-


 Community leaders and elected officials want Oakland Unified to become a police-free school district.

A resolution will be presented to the Oakland Unified Board of Education on Wednesday night, named the “George Floyd Resolution,” calling for complete elimination of the district’s separate police department. The district has its own police force, with about a dozen sworn officers that patrol the district’s 118 schools.

The move is led primarily by the Black Organizing Project, a black member-led community organization that works for racial, social, and economic justice through grassroots efforts. The organization said now is the time to protect black and brown youth. The resolution is named after Floyd, who was killed by a police officer in Minnesota last month. His death, caught on video, has caused worldwide outrage and reaction in the form of protests, marches and rallies.

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