A vocal and sometimes disruptive group of mostly student activists declared victory this week over federal weaponry being used by LA Unified police. The group received letters of explanation and apologies from two board members and the school police chief.

The Labor/Community Strategy Center’s Fight for the Soul of the Cities, a nonprofit civil rights group, received a complete accounting of the 61 rifles, three grenade launchers and a mini-tank the district received through the Department of Defense 1033 Program that allowed local governmental agencies to acquire the surplus military equipment for free. The Strategy Center has protested the district‘s possession of them for 18 months.

by Mike Szymanski
LA School Report

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