Urban Youth Collaborative Responds to Video of NYPD Officer Threatening Student
In response to the recently released video showing an NYPD officer threatening to use his taser on students leaving Midwood High School, Urban Youth Collaborative released the following statement from Youth Leader Onyx Walker.
“Sadly, the video of a police officer threatening a student with his taser captures an everyday experience for black and brown youth in New York City schools. Across the city, police officers wait for students right outside our schools and harass us to get off the block or to leave the neighborhood. In front of our own schools we aren’t viewed as young people and students, but as dangerous criminals . The real danger is in the discriminatory policing we face in our schools and communities. That is why we are asking for the City to divest from school policing. The NYPD School Safety Division has 5,511 personnel compared to only 2,800 full time guidance counselors. The resources used to follow and police us after school should be reallocated to ensure every student has access to the supports needed to succeed including guidance counselors and social workers.”