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Minneapolis Public Schools to Drop Contract With Police After George Floyd Death

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“We cannot partner with organizations that do not see the humanity in our students. We cannot be neutral in situations of injustice,” the school board director wrote.
Josh Pauly, the director of the Minneapolis Public School Board (MPS), announced on Friday that he will submit a proposal to the full board this coming Tuesday to end the school district’s contract with the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD).
Pauly made the proposal because of the recent killing of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody after an MPD officer kneeled on his neck for nine minutes during an arrest. Floyd had allegedly given a counterfeit $20 bill to a diner cashier who notified the police.
In a series of tweets published Friday morning, Pauly wrote that he drafted the resolution with the support of Minneapolis Board of Education Chair Kim Ellison and Board Director Siad Ali.
The proposal suggests terminating the district’s contract with MPD, ceasing all future negotiations with MPD and directing the district superintendent & his staff to devise an alternative plan to better serve students.

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