FBI to investigate incident in SC school caught on video

27 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

FBI investigation sought in S.C. school incident caught on video.

COLUMBIA, S.C. COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A sheriff’s deputy in South Carolina is on leave after a video showed him tossing a female high school student from her desk and dragging her across a classroom.

A white South Carolina police officer has been placed on administrative leave after cellphone video emerged on social media where he appears to violently slam a black female student to the ground and drag her across the classroom. — In the wake of the video that surfaced from a South Carolina classroom of a school resource officer forcibly pulling a student out of her chair, the Richland County Sheriff is seeking a federal investigation of the incident. Spring Valley High School officials and Richland County sheriff’s deputies are investigating the incident between the young female student and Deputy Ben Fields, the school’s resource officer.

The video reportedly shows the officer throwing the student’s chair over with the student still on it, flinging her to the floor in front of her classmates and then dragging her out of the room. No one was hurt in Monday’s confrontation, which officials said occurred after the student refused Fields’ order to leave the classroom for being disruptive. Early Tuesday, Columbia’s WLTX reported that Nia Kenny, another student in the classroom, said she was also arrested after standing up for her classmate, who has not been named in reports. “I know this girl don’t got nobody and I couldn’t believe this was happening,” Kenny, 18, told WLTX. “I had never seen nothing like that in my life, a man use that much force on a little girl.

Lott, whose agency is in charge of the school resource program at the school, was in Chicago at a law enforcement meeting when the incident took place. In a statement to CBS Columbia affiliate WLTX-TV, spokesperson Libby Roof said on Hamm’s behalf that the district is “deeply concerned” about the incident. “Student safety is and always will be the District’s top priority. The officer then tosses the girl several feet across the floor to the front of the classroom where Fields ordered her hands behind her back and applied handcuffs.

Not somebody to be scared of.” He stepped to the left of the teen, placing his left arm on hers before wrapping his right arm around the girl’s neck. I’m talking about she’s like 5’6″.” The student told local media that the incident started when their teacher called the officer when the young girl chose not to participate in class.

According to the student, Fields then shut the girl’s computer, and moved it to another desk. “When I saw what was about to happen my immediate first thing to think is let me get this on camera. Fields is also a defendant in a civil suit, due to go to court in January, by another student who alleges he was inappropriately expelled from Spring Valley in 2013. This is going to be something that not only I’m going to be like ‘wow did this really happened at my class,’ but just something that everybody else needs to see. Parents with the Richland Two Black Parents Association were not surprised by the leaked videos and believe it only confirms years of misconduct alleged by students.

And that is where it started right there.” “I’ve never seen anything so nasty looking, so sick to the point that you know, other students are turning away, don’t know what to do, and are just scared for their lives,” Robinson said. “That’s supposed to be somebody that’s going to protect us. Calvin Jackson, one of four black members of the seven member school board, told the New York Times that the “overwhelming majority” of parents were pleased with the direction of the district, but that he was “outraged” and “angered” by the video. “Though this incident involved a Richland County Sheriff’s Deputy and not an officer with the Columbia Police Department, we cannot and will not accept this kind of behavior from any law enforcement officer,” he said. “I firmly believe that we need an independent investigation to get the bottom of this incident and see that justice is done.”

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