SC police officer slams black student; video sparks social media outrage

27 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Sheriff filmed dragging student across classroom floor.

Update, 9:30 p.m.: The New York Times adds some new details to this story out of South Carolina today. A POLICE officer has reportedly been stood down after disturbing video emerged showing him violently grabbing and throwing a high school student around a classroom.Richland School District Two superintendent Dr Debbie Hamm released a statement saying she was “deeply concerned” by the incident and the school would conduct an investigation with the Richland County Sheriff’s Department. A South Carolina sheriff’s deputy has been pulled from the school where he worked as a resource officer after video showed him slamming a student to the ground while classmates watched in horror. The incident comes amid heightened scrutiny of the use of force by police, particularly against minorities, after numerous high-profile killings of unarmed black men by police across the United States in the last two years triggered protests.

It isn’t clear whether Fields was volunteering as a coach or getting paid, but either way it’s hard to imagine a situation where a male administrator, teacher, or coach—paid or unpaid—can engage in a physical altercation with a female student for any reason at all aside from self-defense. The imposing officer, who is a powerlifter in his free time, stands over her desk and tells the student, “either you’re coming with me or I’ll make you.” Without giving her time to get up, he grabs her and flips her over, slamming her, and her desk, onto the ground. Fusion reports the South Carolina school resource officer was responding on Monday to reports of a student “disturbing school” and “refusing instructions”. As reported by local station WISTV, Richland County sheriff Leon Lott says the officer was purportedly “acting in response 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,” Lott said. “The video then shows the student resisting and being arrested by the SRO.” 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.

A 2015 report from the African American Policy Forum found black girls, like black boys, faced harsher discipline than their white counterparts in a review of New York and Boston school discipline data. Wilson said later that Lott, who is attending an out-of-town conference, “was very disturbed’ by the video but asked for public patience during the investigation.

The sheriff’s deputy claimed Tashiana ran toward the two officers swinging her arms while attempting to kick an officer in the head, according to court records.

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