Minneapolis Public Schools votes to terminate contract with city police

It follows the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers.
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Minneapolis Public Schools has voted unanimously to terminate its contract with Minneapolis Police Department, which supplies the district with school resource officers.

The MPS Board voted to stop negotiations with the department following the death of George Floyd at the hands of police. It comes after the University of Minnesota also significantly scaled back its ties with city police over Floyd's death.

As part of the vote, the board has agreed that Superintendent Ed Graff must come forward with a new plan for school safety and security in time for the board's Aug. 18 meeting.

"I wanted to share with you that tonight in a special meeting, the Board of Education unanimously approved its resolution to immediately terminate our contract with the Minneapolis Police Department, which provides us w/ our School Resource Officers," said Graff.

"The MPS leadership team & I are committed to preparing a plan that will support the safety of MPS students & staff in the coming school year by the Board resolution’s ... deadline.

"We look forward to engaging students, staff and families in this process over the summer."

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The matter came before the board after board member Josh Pauly wrote a resolution with the support of Chair Kim Ellison and Director Siad Ali to scrap the district's contract with the department.

Pauly said the district "cannot align itself with MPD and claim to fight institutional racism.

In a statement, Minneapolis PD said: "The Minneapolis Police Department appreciated the opportunity to provide years of service to the Minneapolis Public Schools through the School Resource Officer (SRO) program.

"The relationships that were built were impactful not only for the students and staff, but for the officers who had a calling to work with our youth through mentorship and engagement. We will continue to work in cooperation with the Minneapolis Public Schools regarding safety and security issues.”

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