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Cop Attacks High School Student In Her Classroom.

An investigation has begun into intense video showing a police officer bodyslamming a female student at Spring Valley High School student in Columbia, S.C.

A video shared online on the afternoon of Oct. 26 is yet another reminder that the United States has a deep problem with police brutality, and particularly towards black citizens.A video circulating on social media today shows a South Carolina school officer choking a student, slamming her to the ground and then dragging her across a classroom floor while attempting to place her under arrest.

Long to leave the classroom and go to the discipline office, she ignored him, then an administrator came in and asked her if he needed to get the resource officer. Ben Fields, 34, confronted the unidentified student for refusing to leave her classroom. “The student was told she was under arrest for disturbing school and given instructions which she again refused,” Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott told WISTV. “The video then shows the student resisting and being arrested.” In the brief video, filmed by a student, Fields tells the girl, “either you’re coming with me or I’ll make you.” When she does not comply, the officer grabs her arm before putting his arm around her neck, tossing the student out of the desk and onto the ground. Fields’ social media presence is minimal, as his Twitter account has recently been deleted and his personal Facebook profile makes no mention of the confrontation.

After she’s on the ground, another woman in the classroom yells “what the f—?“ That prompts a voice to yell, “I’m going to put you in jail next.” “Parents are heartbroken as this is just another example of the intolerance that continues to be of issue in Richland School District Two particularly with families and children of color,” the statement said. “As we have stated in the past, we stand ready to work in collaboration to address these horrible acts of violence and inequities among our children.” Beyond performing duties for the sheriff’s department as the high school’s resource officer, Fields coaches the school varsity football team’s defensive line and strength training. But beyond racial disparities in police use of force, the incident reveals the kind of encounters that are more likely to happen as schools increasingly rely on police officers for discipline. When lawmakers began enacting tough-on-crime policies in the 1970s and ’80s, some of the concepts trickled down to schools, which began outsourcing discipline to police through school resource officers and referrals to the juvenile justice system.

The result has been a school-to-prison pipeline that acts as many kids’ first exposure to the criminal justice system — and it can lead to more interactions with the justice system later on, because the lost school time and bad marks on their records can make it much more difficult to get ahead. Ex-students on Twitter have also been discussing an incident in which Fields allegedly had a physical altercation with a pregnant student at the school, a story repeated in the comments of a 2012 blog post alleging an excessive force complaint against Fields, accompanied by a since-deleted video. Boys with imprisoned fathers are much less likely to possess the behavioral skills needed to succeed in school by the age of 5, a study published in Sociological Science found. Black students with disabilities are almost three times as likely to experience out-of-school suspension or expulsion as their white counterparts, and twice as likely to experience in-school suspension or expulsion, according to a report from the National Center for Learning Disabilities.

About 70 percent of students involved in in-school arrests or referred to law enforcement are black or Hispanic, according to SuspensionStories.com, which seeks to expose the issues with the school-to-prison pipeline. Researchers found that officers commonly dehumanized black people, and those who did were most likely to be the ones who had a record of using force on black children in custody. When cops used force on Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in New York City, the question for many critics of police was how subconscious biases factored into the deadly encounters. For instance, Darren Wilson, the former Ferguson police officer who shot and killed Brown, described the black 18-year-old to a grand jury as a demon-like, dead-eyed giant who charged at him through a hail of gunfire — a callback to old racist tropes of “giant negroes” attacking police and innocent people.

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