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FBI probe sought in SC high school incident caught on video.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Here are the latest developments in the confrontation between South Carolina deputy, student recorded on cellphone video: (all times local) The Rev. 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.Ben Fields, the schools police resource officer who has been thrust into the spotlight following an incident at a South Carolina school at which he appeared to drag a student, has previously been the subject of both criticism and praise. Jesse Jackson says a video that shows an officer pulling a female high school student from her desk and dragging her across a classroom is a “national disgrace.” Jackson told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he thinks the officer involved should face charges and lose his job. Justice Department to investigate an incident between a school resource officer and a female student at Spring Valley High School, which was caught on video Monday and posted online.

Lott placed a call to Dave Thomas, special agent in charge for the FBI for South Carolina, on Monday to ask for an independent investigation, according to a media release from the Richland County Sheriff’s Department. According to CNN, the complainant, Carlos Edward Martin was driving home and got out of his car when Mr Fields approached him and asked if he was the source of an excessive noise complaint that the officer was investigating. 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.

The sheriff said he was “very disturbed” after seeing the video and would be cutting his trip short and returning immediately to question the officer. “I know this girl don’t got nobody and I couldn’t believe this was happening. The officer tosses the girl several feet across the floor to the front of the classroom, where Fields orders her hands behind her back and puts her in handcuffs. “It’s very disturbing what happened today.

Mr Reese raises a number of allegations in the suit, including lack of due process, negligence, negligent supervision and a violation of the right to public education, as mandated by state law, the network reported. I had never seen nothing like that in my life, a man use that much force on a little girl,” she said of the encounter. “A big man, like 300 pounds of full muscle. Wilson says Lott is currently out of town at a law enforcement conference. “I have never seen anything so nasty-looking, so sick, to the point where other students are turning away, you know, don’t know what to do,” student Tony Robinson Jr. tells local TV WLTX 19. “That’s supposed to be somebody that’s going to protect us, not somebody that we need to be scared of, or afraid.” Robinson says the incident took place around midmorning Monday, moments after the deputy was called to the classroom, a step that he says was taken after the female student refused to turn over a cellphone — first to a teacher and then to an administrator. The lawsuit accuses him of “unfairly and recklessly targets African-American students with allegations of gang membership and criminal gang activity”. Robinson says he believes the deputy knew things would turn physical — he says Fields asked a neighboring student to move their desk and also removed the female student’s laptop before grabbing her and pushing the desk backward.

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. This is something that, we can’t just let this pass by.” Both students were detained and charged with “disturbing schools,” according to multiple local media news outlets. The group said the video has “revealed what many African American parents have experienced in this district for a very long time.” Authorities have said they do not believe race was a factor The Rev.

In a statement about Monday’s incident, Richland School District 2 Superintendent Debbie Hamm said: “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.” After making initial contact about the case with the Justice Department on Monday, Sheriff Lott filed a formal request for an investigation early Tuesday, reports local WIS TV 10. “I’m as upset as anybody and I’m very disturbed by what I saw.” Lott tells WIS. “Appropriate action is going to be taken.

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