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Rally calls for defunding school police in the Las Vegas area

Posted at 8:09 AM, Jun 24, 2020

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Students and organizers are holding a #PoliceFreeSchool rally in Las Vegas on Wednesday. The group is joining a growing nationwide movement calling to defund school police.

Youth Power Project members and students are not just calling for defunding Clark County School District Police Department, they want the money to be reinvested in other areas that they say will better serve students.

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"Taking that money and not just holding it in the CCSD salary bank, but taking it and having more college counselors on campus, having school psychologist, school therapist, individuals who are trained professionally to handle those situations," said Adam Allen.

Youth Power Project members and students are holding a rally at 3 p.m. at Desert Pines High School to voice their concerns about school police ahead of the Clark County School Board meeting Thursday.

Organizers say they want anyone who may have had an encounter with CCSD police to come out and share their experiences.

They say law enforcement agencies have a "history of violence against our communities of color, especially the black community."

Similar calls to defund the school police are happening in cities like Detroit, Michigan, and Los Angeles, Calif..

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Yesterday, the Los Angeles Unified School District Board rejected a proposal to "defund" school police, which would have cut 90% of the school police budget by 2024 amid growing calls for policing overhaul.

Desert Pines High School is located on 3800 E Harris Avenue in Las Vegas.