California’s largest public school system voted Tuesday to cut a third of police officer positions and curtail the police powers of remaining officers.
The school board of the Los Angeles Unified School District approved a plan to eliminate 133 police positions following outcry against police during the George Floyd riots last summer. The school board also banned the use of pepper spray on students and took $25 million out of the police budget to go toward school programs for black students, according to the Los Angeles Times.
“We would not be at this point, though it is delayed admittedly, without the community’s leadership,” school board President Kelly Gonez said. “I’m glad that the plan’s development also provided an opportunity for more engagement with our students, families and the broader community.”
Activists have led a yearlong campaign pushing the school board to eliminate its police force entirely. Those efforts gained momentum following Floyd’s death in Minneapolis in May. The trial