School Police Department Abolished in Oakland
California city school district votes to shut down OSPD amid 'woke' pressure
The school district in Oakland, California has voted to abolish its own police department, according to reports.
The Oakland Unified School District voted unanimously on Wednesday night to shut down the Oakland Schools Police Department that serves all schools in the catchment.
The move by Oakland to abolish its own school police force comes amid mounting pressures to bow down to the wishes of radical leftists and the Black Lives Matter movement.
On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Unified School District board voted on a similar proposal but failed to agree on a plan.
It follows nationwide demands from activists, including many Democrats, to defund or abolish the police, law courts, and even prisons.
The Oakland district now plans to redirect the money it will "save" on policing schools into other services.
In a unanimous vote, the board passed the “George Floyd Resolution to Eliminate Oakland Schools Police Department,” The San Jose Mercury News reported.
The annual $2.5 million spent on the 10 sworn officers and police administrators is instead expected to be redirected toward other student support services and restorative justice efforts.
Superintendent Kyla Johnson-Trammell has from August until Dec. 31 to build a new alternative safety plan, which will include input from a committee of community members and other stakeholders.
Of the nearly 30 speakers who addressed the board Wednesday, all were in favor of the elimination of the police force.
Some spoke about how black and brown students can feel dehumanized, disrespected, and generally not safe with having police on campus.
Others urged the board to set an example for the nation in their act of removing police.
The organization Black Organizing Project helped craft and bring the resolution to the board.
Jessica Black, its organizing director, addressed the board about the importance of the resolution and her organization’s fight for the last 10 years to remove the police from schools.
Police provide protection for schools against gang violence in the hallways and mass shooting events.