(PDF), brought by the American and New York Civil Liberties Unions on
behalf of five students aged 13 to 18, says that school safety officers
"have a long-standing pattern of abuse, unlawful arrests and excessive
force against minority students who commit even minor infractions like
talking back, being late for class or having a cell phone in school,"
Courthouse News reports.
policing is stripping thousands of New York City students of their
dignity and disrupting their ability to learn," Donna Lieberman,
executive director of the NYCLU said in a statement.
"Despite mounting evidence of systemic misconduct by police personnel
in the schools, the NYPD refuses to even acknowledge any problems with
its school policing practices. We are confident that the courts will
compel much-needed reform."
One of the plaintiffs in the suit was
11 years old when she says she was "handcuffed and perp-walked into a
police precinct for doing nothing more than doodling on a desk in
erasable ink," a lawyer for the students said.
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