NEW BRIGHTON, Minn. – Police expressed concern about limits in the 2023 revised state education law that seem to limit how they can subdue disorderly conduct ranging from cafeteria food fights to schoolyard brawls. Jeff Potts, executive director of the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association, wrote to Governor Tim Walz on behalf of school resource officers. Buried deep in the new law is a prohibition on placing students in a prone position or anything that restrains the head, neck and most of the torso. This, said Potts, effectively bans common tactics for breaking up fights. “Prohibiting the most basic measure of safely restraining and controlling the aggressor in a fight severely impacts the SRO’s ability to intervene, stop the altercation, and protect everyone’s safety,” Potts wrote.
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