Activists Encourage Oakland Officials to End Use of Police in Schools

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A resolution has been introduced Wednesday evening to end the use of police in schools in the Oakland Unified School District, a spokesman for the district said. 

As of about 7:45 p.m., two members of the board of education introduced a resolution to end the use of police, spokesman John Sasaki said. 

The resolution has the support of other board members and the superintendent. 

The resolution still must be voted on by the board. That vote will likely occur this summer, Sasaki said.

Student protesters in support of getting the police out of Oakland schools made their voices heard Wednesday by taking a moment of silence and marching to Mayor Libby Schaaf’s house.

Advocates and community leaders call on the Oakland Unified School district to end its relationship with the Oakland Police Department, and the school board is expected to discuss the issue during a Wednesday meeting. Bob Redell reports.

“She is the most powerful person in Oakland and we want to make our point, peacefully of course, in Oakland,” said one protester.

The demonstration started in the Fruitvale District and grew to over 1,000 people.

“Defund OPD and get police out of schools,” the group chanted.

“People are being treated badly,” said another protester who had a small boy with him. “We have him here him here because we want him to know there’s people who care about this.”

That care was shown through a powerful protest at Lake Merritt.

A sea of people laid facedown with their hands behind their backs for almost nine minutes in memory of George Floyd and others who were killed by police.

“The fact that there are 50 states and 18 countries protesting for Black Lives is amazing to see,” one demonstrator said.

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