|Alison Silveira, Paralegal, Racial Justice Program, ACLU writes on Leonie Haimison's blog at nyceducationnews:'Playground disputes that once meant a trip to the principal's office have come under police jurisdiction in NYC where over 5,000 agents assigned to the School Safety Division roam public school campuses under the auspices of the NYPD... Nearly 900 arrests were made at NYC public schools during 2011-2012 and 90 percent involved black or Latino students, reports the analysis of NYPD data released last year. Another 1,666 summonses were issued for illegal conduct. NYC public school students are dragged out of classrooms and cafeterias by police officers for shouting in the hallways or scribbling on desks. Court summonses and assault charges are levied for playground fistfights. In a number of cases, officers have also used excessive force to arrest children ...'
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