Petition Calls For Defunding San Diego Unified Police
Marches and protests stemming from the Memorial Day police killing of George Floyd led to renewed calls for meaningful police reform nationwide.
That includes a movement to “defund police,” to fundamentally change policing by redirecting funding away from the department to other agencies within a city. It's also led to a call to defund school police, which has already happened in Minneapolis, where Floyd was killed.
Endiya Griffin, a student organizer behind a petition drive to defund school police in the San Diego Unified School District and Michael Burke, a reporter for EdSource, joined Midday Edition on Tuesday to discuss the effort locally and across the state.
In light of calls to defund the San Diego Unified School District Police Department, its Chief Michael Marquez joined Midday Edition on Wednesday to discuss the role of police officers on campuses within the district.