Students Stage Walkout After MN City Council Votes to Disband Local Police
Hundreds of middle and high school students walked out of class to protest a vote by the Forest Lake, Minnesota, city council to disband the local police department.
The students marched to city hall on Tuesday afternoon, chanting "FLPD," according to KARE-TV.
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In a controversial 3-2 vote on Monday night, the council - backed by the mayor - opted to turn over law enforcement in the city of about 20,000 to the Washington County Sheriff's Office.
On "Fox & Friends" today, we heard from Mara Bain, a member of the Forest Lake city council who opposed the decision and Clara Olson, a student who helped organize the walkout.
Bain said the city strongly supports its police department and has an 80-year history of being a "model of community policing."
"We do not wish to have a low-cost model and this morning, we're mourning the potential loss of that [police] department," she said, lamenting that 23 local officers could be left unemployed.
Bain said the move will save the city about $387,000 a year, which amounts to roughly $36 a year for each household.
"Our residents have said we will pay it. We will pay more," said Bain.
The decision now heads to the county commissioners for approval.
Watch the interview above.