Lawmaker Pushes Bill To Ban School Resource Officers, Compares Them To ISIS

Nebraska Senator Ernie Chambers has introduced legislation calling for SROs to be banned.

Lincoln, NE – Nebraska lawmakers are considering a bill that calls for the state to eliminate school resource officer (SRO) positions.

“[Schools] are not prison barracks,” Nebraska State Senator Ernie Chambers said, according to the Omaha World-Herald. “You should not have armed police in these schools, especially when there is such a bad reputation that they have.”

Chambers, 81, has also likened law enforcement officers to ISIS, FOX News reported.

"Nobody from ISIS ever terrorized us as a people as the police do us daily," he has said.

He said he introduced LB 589 in an effort to remove SROs from Nebraska’s schools altogether, and alleged that such programs target students of color and students with disabilities, according to the Unicameral Update.

Chambers argued that the schools should be handling student issues, and that involving SROs only contributes to the “toxic, discriminatory impact” that exists in society as a whole.

“It is counterproductive to the purpose and goals of education and its processes, to convert conduct that in the past was handled within the school context, into a basis for arrest and entanglement in the court system with the possibility of being locked up,” he declared.

Law enforcement officers would still be allowed to respond to the school for emergencies and to conduct extra security during extracurricular events under the new bill.

Nebraska State Senator Patty Pansing Brooks has also introduced an SRO-related bill this session – one that aims to keep armed officers in the schools, the Omaha World-Herald reported.

LB 390 would require a memorandum of understanding between school and police that would establish a procedure to determine when students should be prosecuted, when their parents should be notified, and when other resources might be more appropriate.

“I do not believe that most parents want our juvenile justice system having jurisdictions over things that should be handled through restorative justice, conflict resolution training, as well as school disciplinary measures,” Pansing Brooks explained.

Although no law enforcement officers testified against Pansing Brooks’ bill, some did testify against Chambers’ bill, according to the Omaha World-Herald.

Chambers also made headlines on Feb. 19, when he argued against a state bill aimed at updating history education and civics requirements for students, The Washington Times reported.

One section of the bill discussed “development of respect for the American flag as a symbol of freedom and the sacrifices of those who secured that freedom.”

Chambers seemed to take particular issue with the definition of “respect.”

“What do white people mean by it and what do black people mean by it?” Chambers railed on the legislature floor. “White people mean we’ve gotta bow down to what they tell us as black people to bow down to.”

“I don’t come here for this rag every day, and it’s a rag. That’s all it is to me,” he said, speaking of the American flag. “When you show a way to persuade Jews to sanctify and worship the swastika — when you show me that I’ll come up here and stand while you all hypocritically pretend that rag is something that it definitely is not.”

State Senator Tom Brewer, a 30-year military veteran, struggled to hold back tears as he spoke out about Chambers’ comments on Feb. 20, The Washington Times reported.

“It rips our heart out to hear someone say that they refer to the flag as a rag because for those of us that have brought home those that we’ve lost, it’s hard to refer to the flag as a rag because you have to fold it and you have to give it to the parents,” Brewer said. “That’s awful hard to do.”

Chambers, who has been in office since 1971, also tried to sue God in 2007 for using natural disasters for the “destruction and terrorization of millions,” The Washington Examiner reported.

The lawsuit was meant as a joke to highlight other frivolous lawsuits, but many people took it seriously, the Lincoln Journal-Star reported.

The judge dismissed the lawsuit due to a lack of address for God.

“Given that this court finds that there can never be service effectuated on the named defendant this action will be dismissed with prejudice,’’ Judge Marlon Polk wrote in his decision.

Comments (31)
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Keagan Thomas
Keagan Thomas

This actually pisses me off, If they ban SRO's. Who's going to stop a school shooter or arrest kids for drug possession. Like seriously, If blacks want to know what real oppression is, send them into France during the French Revolution. Yeah racism is still a thing, but cops aren't just running around killing people.

Budman
Budman

A real stupid liberal!!

ArizonaG30
ArizonaG30

Typical stupid ignorant n

AnnykaV
AnnykaV

What the fuck are they smoking in NE?

JBo
JBo

I see racism is alive and well in some Nebraska senators.

Paul S
Paul S

Proff positive idiots are everywhere especially in state legislatures.

Usaf9000
Usaf9000

I prefer not to name call but there’s no other way to say it, I’m sorry, these people are STUPID.

Inquirer63
Inquirer63

I did not realize anyone could be this stupid. Resource officers are there to protect people, not incarcerate them. Second, if this guy feels that certain groups of people get too much attention from LEOs, perhaps he should examine the conduct of that particular group.

angeleyes
angeleyes

gee who could have guessed a man like that would say those kinds of words.

Blue Ocean1
Blue Ocean1

An asshole racist like this is a Senator in NE!! I'm stunned and at a loss for words...Who would a thought....and since 1971 OMG..

t-man
t-man

Hard to believe this is coming from Nebraska. I wonder what this character will say if he gets his way and a school shooting happens?

Sailor
Sailor

Obviously a racist using his blackness towards a personal racist agenda. BLM is more like ISIS.

LEO0301
LEO0301

How can it be that this man has been in office since 1971? Who in the hell keeps voting this guy into office? Seriously, people must vote on name recognition only, instead of actually knowing anything about the candidate.

Iceman181
Iceman181

So he has been in office for 47 years (since 1971, guessing November elections)?!?!

Perhaps his district needs to reevaluate if he really represents them after all this time...

Skidoo
Skidoo

He's Farrakhan's doppleganger but without the bow tie.

TJ63
TJ63

He won't care. I hate to say this because it is so very heartless on his part but he's probably hoping for one. Just look at the MONEY and RECOGNITION it would bring to him.

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

Who the f--k keeps voting for this POS??? Are there really that many low IQ liberals in Lincoln Nebraska??

chessie58
chessie58

If the little darlings were taught respect and discipline at home, maybe then there wouldn't be a need for SRO's. Teachers are basically helpless when a situation gets out of control. Teachers don't get battle pay. Keep the SRO's.

slo1942
slo1942

Figures. A DEMO RAT THUG !!!!!

Chief Deputy
Chief Deputy

Calling All Nursing Homes. Check your client list to make sure this person isn't missing from his room.

Bhagler
Bhagler

He did sue "God" once....

Achmsons
Achmsons

This man is an elected official. Who votes for him

MFLindsey
MFLindsey

Notice that their conversation is NEVER about the terrifying thug behavior of their ilk that causes all the confrontations . . .

amlee
amlee

Wheezy .....come get him already!

barton4950
barton4950

Nope bad idea, sen. Chambers, sorry. Btw you're kind of perpetuating a stereotype.

chiefd
chiefd

Dumb, uneducated, vote for skin color idiots.