New Report says 99% of Students Handcuffed in NYC Schools Were Black or Latino

It’s no secret that Black and brown students are disproportionately punished in schools across the country—and a new report proves just that. 

A recent report conducted by the New York Civil Liberties Union found that of the 262 incidents of police being called into schools and handcuffing students, 259 involved students who were either Black or Hispanic. This also included cases where the incident appeared to be based on emotional distress.

“When a child is handcuffed, the child is humiliated,” NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman said in a statement. “It’s incompatible with the safe and supportive learning environment a school is supposed to provide.”

She added: “We have made a great deal of progress over the last few years and it’s very clear that the use of harsh police tactics in school disciplinary matters is neither necessary nor effective to keep children and staff safe. We must make sure that NYPD policies and practices in schools foster a safe and supportive learning environment for all children.”

The analysis also addressed students clapping back— there were 208 complaints made against school safety officers, including 89 for use of force, 15 for abuse of authority, 17 for offensive language and 87 for discourtesy.

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Source: Black America Web | Kellee Terrell