Tuesday, October 27, 2015

SC: Video shows the moment a high school deputy attacks a black female student

I have little sympathy for people who defy reasonable commands from the police.  They are asking for trouble

This disturbing video shows a high school officer flips a desk and the female student sitting in it over before dragging her violently across the classroom.

Richland County Sheriff’s Department are investigating the incident after the footage – filmed at Spring Valley High School in Columbia, South Carolina – emerged on social media.

It shows the school’s resource officer asking the girl to get out of her seat. He stands over her desk and is heard saying: ‘Either you’re coming with me or I’m making you.’

But before the student has a chance to react, the officer holds her by the neck and flips the furniture over, slamming the girl to the ground, as her silent classmates watch in horror.

She is then seen being dragged across the floor and pinned down as the officer shouts at her to put her hands behind her back.

According to WISTV, school officials confirmed that the incident occurred on Monday.

Sheriff Leon Lott said the school’s resource officer, named as Ben Fields, was responding to a student who was refusing to leave class.

‘The student was told she was under arrest for disturbing school and given instructions which she again refused. ‘The video then shows the student resisting and being arrested by the SRO.’

Buzzfeed reported that two students were arrested during the incident. The girl was released to her parents and a male student was reportedly detained.

A spokesman for the sheriff's department said the the officer had been called to the classroom because a student was being disruptive.

She had refused to leave the room when a teacher and a vice principal instructed her to do so. The spokesman added that no injuries were reported.

The New York Daily News reported the officer in question has a history of acting roughly with students. Fields is listed as a senior deputy assigned as a school resource officer at Spring Valley High School on the sheriff's department website.

On his now-deleted Twitter page, he describes himself as a Richland County deputy sheriff, a football coach and a strength coach at Spring Valley High School.

He has been placed on administrative duty while the sheriff's department conducts an investigation.

Richland School District Two's superintendent Dr Debbie Hamm said the district was 'deeply concerned' by the incident. She said the district is working with the sheriff's department to investigate and will not tolerate any action that threatens the safety of its students.

In a statement, Dr Hamm said the district has directed the officer is not permitted to return to any school in the district pending the results of the investigation.

It said: 'Our District is deeply concerned about an incident that occurred at Spring Valley High School today. The incident took place between a school resource officer employed by the Richland County Sheriff’s Department and a student. Video of the incident is circulating on social media.

'Student safety is and always will be the District’s top priority. The District will not tolerate any actions that jeopardize the safety of our students.

'Upon learning of the incident, school and district administrators began an investigation. We are working closely and in full cooperation with the Richland County Sheriff’s Department to conduct a thorough and complete investigation.

'Pending the outcome of the investigation, the District has directed that the school resource officer not return to any school in the District.'

Original report here

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