Police officers take an oath to serve and protect, but the murders of Elijah McClain, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Rashard Brooks, and many other Black citizens call attention to discriminatory policing in Black and brown communities.
According to a study published in 2019 by the National Academy of Sciences, about 1 in 1,000 Black men and boys will be killed over the course of life by police—the highest rate of any group in the study. White men and boys face a lifetime risk of about 39 in 100,000.
NEA members believe all students should have the opportunity for an education that prepares them for success, but we can only provide that opportunity to the extent that our nation can keep students safe from police brutalilty.
Students are among the most vocal activists calling for reforms by law enforcement, demanding that they and their loved ones be treated by police with respect and dignity.
We must enact meaningful reforms to protect the civil rights and liberties of every person, regardless of race, gender or religious affiliation, and restore the faith that all communities should have in police.
NEA members support efforts to reintroduce the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act which bans chokeholds by police, prohibits profiling based on race, religion, or other characteristics, mandates training on discriminatory profiling, and takes several other crucial steps.