Eric Mann, director of the Labor/Community Strategy Center, is also calling for a formal apology from the district as well as a “pledge” to cease all transactions with the Defense Department, who first unloaded the baffling stash of powerful weaponry on police. “Military-grade weapons have no place on our public school campuses,” Deborah Fowler, a social justice advocate, told the Times in 2014 when the department first promised to forfeit only a predetermined selection of its weapons stash. “We’re simply calling for a return to common sense when it comes to the way our schools are kept safe.”

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