By Cinnamon Janzer, Photo: David Bricker/Shutterstock, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, August 3, 2022
A month after the murder of George Floyd, the Minneapolis school board voted to end its contract with the Minneapolis Police Department to staff schools with armed school resource officers and tasked Minneapolis Public Schools Superintendent Ed Graff with creating a new plan for school safety.
At the time, schools across the country were considering ending the presence of police officers in schools. In Minneapolis, Floyd’s death moved what had been a roughly decade-long conversation into action.
By September 2020, 11 new unarmed public safety support specialists, many with law enforcement-related backgrounds, were in place and on the Minneapolis Public Schools payroll.