Video Shows Officer Flipping Student in South Carolina, Prompting Inquiry

27 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Disturbing Video Shows How Cop Dealt With Student Who ‘Refused’ to Cooperate During Arrest: ‘Unacceptable’.

A cell phone video shot inside a South Carolina high school Monday appeared to show a police officer body-slamming a female student and dragging her across a classroom. 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.The authorities in South Carolina are investigating an encounter captured on two videos that went viral Monday afternoon that show a white school police officer in a Columbia classroom grabbing an African-American student by the neck, flipping her backward while in her desk, then dragging and throwing her across the floor. The confrontation, at Spring Valley High School in Columbia, South Carolina, has drawn intense criticism on social media, from the school district’s Black Parents Association — the student is African-American — and the American Civil Liberties Union of South Carolina, which called the deputy’s actions “egregious.” Earlier Monday, Lott told NBC affiliate WIS that the student was disrupting class and “refused to comply” with the officer’s direction. “When she refused,” Lott said, the officer “was requested to take action.” She was told that she was under arrest, but again refused to follow orders, Lott told the station. “The video then shows the student resisting and being arrested.” “Student safety is and always will be the District’s top priority,” Hamm said. “The District will not tolerate any actions that jeopardize the safety of our students.” “Pending the outcome of the investigation, the District has directed that the school resource officer not return to any school in the District,” Hamm said.

Video obtained by WIS-TV captured a cop identified as Richland Country Sheriff resource officer Ben Fields inform the student that she would either “come with me or I’m going to make you.” Moments later, the officer can be seen lifting the student up, pushing her desk backward, then seemingly tossing her a few feet away. The videos, apparently shot by students in the classroom, were picked up by national news outlets and had ricocheted across social media platforms by Monday evening, sparking a new round of angry and anguished debate over how police officers treat African-Americans. The resource officer, Senior Deputy Ben Fields, has been placed on administrative duties with pay pending the investigation’s results, according to Wilson. The video becomes blurry after the officer and the student reach the front of the classroom, but the officer appears to restrain the student by putting her arms behind her back. School and district officials were “working closely and in full cooperation” with investigators from the Richland County Sheriff’s Department, she said.

Regardless of the reason for the officer’s actions, such egregious use of force — against young people who are sitting in their classrooms — is outrageous.

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