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LAUSD Superintendent Calls For Ban On Controversial Neck Holds By School Police

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Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Austin Beutner will ask the school board to ban Los Angeles School Police from using pepper spray and a controversial neck hold before next school year, he said in his weekly video update today.

He said:

"We cannot ignore the legitimate concerns and criticisms that students and other members in the school community have about all forms of law enforcement. The culture and climate at schools must be founded on inclusion and respect."

LAUSD is one of the few school districts in the nation to operate its own police force. According to the
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Los Angeles School Police policy manual, officers are already not supposed to use the controversial carotid hold — which involves an officer pressing his arm on one or both sides of a person’s neck to restrict blood flow to the brain — on vulnerable groups, including "obvious juveniles."

Last year, the board voted 4-3 to end the practice of randomly searching students for weapons and drugs, which critics said unfairly targeted Black and Latino students. That practice will end on July 1.

Beutner also said the district will review its budget — including the portion allocated for school police — over the summer.

Organizers with the group Students Deserve have scheduled a "March to Defund LAUSD School Police" on Tuesday.

We are continuing to report on school police. If you have information or experiences you would like to share, you can reach out to reporter Carla Javier.

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