NYCLU Informs Students on Dealing With School Police

Published: September 17, 2009

The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU), along with a coalition of groups, will inform students at the public high schools with the most crime about their rights when dealing with school resource officers, according to the New York Post.

Participants in this project are handing out cards at 20 high schools that explain the legal basics about the right to remain silent or to request a lawyer if arrested. Additionally, the cards offer tips on how to interact with school safety agents.

After a year in which 1,200 complaints were aimed at school safety personnel, NYCLU officials felt the need to respond to what they claim is the over-policing of schools.

Critics of the group’s efforts said the group is creating a confrontational tone early in the school year. They believe that as the year progresses, there will be more problems in schools thanks to the project, citing that it gives students the impression that campus police are the enemy.

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