A new law included in the education bill signed by Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz has caused confusion as to whether school resource officers are restricted in how they can restrain students.
The Anoka, Clay and Hennepin sheriff's departments, and Anoka, Blaine, Champlin and Coon Rapids police departments, are among those who have suspended their school resource officer programs in the wake of the changes. Some police chiefs and sheriffs argue the law restricts officers from intervening in dangerous situations and makes them too vulnerable to criminal charges or lawsuits. Cortney O'Brien is an Editor at Fox News. Twitter: @obrienc2
"Police were blindsided by this law," Jeff Potts, executive director of the Minnesota Police Chiefs Association, told NBC News. "The law enforcement community learned about it in August."