Los Angeles Teachers’ Union Calls for Removal of School Police Force
'We have to dismantle white supremacy'
The United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) has called for the elimination of the 400-member police force, according to reports.
The union, which represents teachers and support staff in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), called the move a step toward dismantling “white supremacy."
On Monday, leaders of United Teachers Los Angeles announced support of the movement to eliminate the Los Angeles School Police Department, which accounts for about $70 million of the district’s $7.9 billion budget.
“We have to dismantle white supremacy," Cecily Myart-Cruz, the incoming president of UTLA, said.
"We must … defund the police and bring in the mental health services that our students need,” she added.
The endorsement from the union leadership brings support for the Black Lives Matter movement.
School police officers are often called to prevent shootings in gang-ridden school districts.
School police are also part of the district’s strategy at preventing mass shooting events, according to The Times.
Many parents supported the presence of armed police officers on school grounds:
“School shootings are rare, and schools generally are safer than the neighborhoods they’re in.”
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UTLA’s Facebook page has also signaled support of Black Lives Matter protests.
Andrew Pollack, whose daughter died in the Parkland high school shooting in Florida, said the movement was encouraging school districts to cut ties with police forces.
“If you live in a Democrat-run city, get your kids out now," he wrote.
"Because I can tell from personal experience if your kid gets murdered in school and you have a problem with it, they’ll just call you racist and double down."
Meanwhile, Democrats like Far-left Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) joined calls to defund the police, describing cops as a "cancer" that "we have to amputate."
The congresswoman doubled-down on her commitment to "completely dismantle" the Minneapolis Police Department over the weekend.