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Latino Civil Rights organization Sees Police Beating of SI Teen as Part of Ongoing Danger of Cops in Schools

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 5, 2023

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Sarai Bejarano | Manager of Traditional & Digital Media | [email protected] | 212-739-7581 

Latino Civil Rights organization Sees Police Beating of SI Teen as Part of Ongoing Danger of Cops in Schools

The following statement can be attributed to Lourdes M. Rosado, President and General Counsel, LatinoJustice PRLDEF:

“The brutal beating of a teenage Black girl outside a Staten Island school by a police officer, captured on video, is not just sickening, but yet another piece of evidence that having armed police in schools in addition to school safety agents makes them less safe. While the NYPD has stated that it is suspending the officer involved in the beating, the violence inflicted on Black and Brown schoolchildren by police is not limited to one officer, or a rare misfortune. A school resource officer who claimed he was merely ‘breaking up a fight’ shot and killed Mona Rodriguez in Riverside, California, in September 2021. Not only does the presence of police officers in schools increase the likelihood of these tragic events, but these happen more in schools in Black and Brown neighborhoods, which are more likely to have NYPD officers in addition to school safety agents. Increasing police in schools has happened just as there’s been a decrease in school counselors and others trained in resolving student conflict nonviolently.

Mayor Adams has resisted reforms to school policing, stopping the proposed transition of School Safety Agents from the NYPD to the DOE. We demand that he immediately revisit this decision and remove all armed police from schools.”

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atinoJustice PRLDEF works to create a more just society by using and challenging the rule of law to secure transformative, equitable and accessible justice, by empowering our community and by fostering leadership through advocacy and education. For nearly 50 years, LatinoJustice PRLDEF has acted as an advocate against injustices throughout the country. To learn more about LatinoJustice, visit www.LatinoJustice.org