VIDEO: Local teen explains the views behind Latino group’s push for school police reforms

Students organized by Latinos Unidos Siempre urged the Salem-Keizer School Board in July 2019 to address the mental health needs of immigrant students and stop policies that disproportionately punish students of color. (FILE/Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter)

A local youth group, Latinos Unidos Siempre, is leading a push to spend money that the Salem-Keizer School District now pays police officers – about $1 million per year – on hiring more counselors and educators to work with students of color.

A student spokesman explains to Salem Reporter what’s behind the drive.