Federal complaint claims unfair policing policies in Wake County schools – News & Observer


Raleigh, N.C. — A complaint filed Wednesday with the U.S. Department of Justice claims school policing policies and practices in the Wake County Public School System "unnecessarily and unlawfully punish and criminalize minor misbehaviors and disproportionately harm African-American students and students with disabilities."

Legal Aid of North Carolina’s Advocate for Children Services and more than a dozen other groups filed the complaint against the school system, the Wake County Sheriff’s Office and eight police departments in Wake County, saying that law enforcement officers are routinely used at schools to address minor discipline matters, such as throwing water balloons, stealing paper from a recycling bin and play-fighting with a friend. (Source)

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